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Shane Walsh's Club Fuming After He Attempts Shock Transfer To Dublin Giants

Shane Walsh's Club Fuming After He Attempts Shock Transfer To Dublin Giants
By Gary Connaughton

Shane Walsh and David Clifford were the talk of the country after their exploits in last weekend's All-Ireland final. The two forwards put in the type of individual displays that are rarely seen on the biggest stage, combining for 0-17 points in the game.

Unfortunately for Walsh, his performance was not enough to stop Kerry lifting the Sam Maguire.

The 29-year old has long been viewed as one of the most talented players in the country, although there was a sense that we did not always see his best form in a Galway jersey. Hopes will be high that he can continue this level of performance under Padraic Joyce moving forward, with the county now in a much better position than they were the majority of Walsh's time at inter-county level.

For now, his the player's focus will be on club football. However, it appears as though his future with Kilkerrin/Clonberne is very much in doubt.

Shane Walsh seeking transfer to Dublin club

The Irish Independent are reporting that Shane Walsh has requested a transfer to Dublin giants Kilmacud Crokes.

The news has come as a shock to Kilkerrin/Clonberne, who seemed to have little inkling that their star man was looking at switching allegiances.

The report suggests that Galway star could even feature for Kilmacud Croke in this year's Dublin SFC should the transfer go through in time, although that remains in doubt as his current team battles against the move.

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Club chairman Ian Hynes has confirmed that Kilkerrin/Clonberne will do everything in their power to stop Shane Walsh from changing teams.

We are going to fight this all the way. We recognise that Shane has given the club loyal service, but he is such an inspirational figure for all the young players coming through. Everybody here is in shock, particularly the juvenile players because he was such to hero to them.

We believe it is wrong that a huge club like Kilmacud Crokes are allowed to do this. We are trying to keep the GAA alive in rural Ireland. We have 70 adult members and there are 600 houses in the parish.

The big carrot for the younger players was the prospect of playing alongside Shane in the adult team.

From a club prospective it is shocking, but there are wider implications for the GAA as well. The Dublin club scene is a different world to what’s happening in rural Ireland.

They are drawing players from densely populated areas whereas as I said earlier there are just 600 houses in our parish.

Kilkerrin/Clonberne compete at intermediate level in Galway, coming close to earning promotion on a couple of occasions in recent times.

In contrast, Kilmacud Crokes are the reigning Dublin and Leinster champions, coming up just short against Kilcoo in the All-Ireland final earlier this year.

Club transfers within the GAA always prove to be controversial, especially when it involves one of the biggest names in the sport moving to such a successful club.

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We can't imagine this one would go down all too well.

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