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Shane Walsh Explains Request To Join Kilmacud Crokes

Shane Walsh Explains Request To Join Kilmacud Crokes
By PJ Browne Updated

Shane Walsh has confirmed his request to transfer clubs from Kilkerrin-Clonberne to Kilmacud Crokes.

In a statement issued on Monday, it was said that the Galway forward hopes to play with Kilmacud Crokes in this year's Dublin championship.

"I'm living and studying in Dublin now so it's the right move for me at this point in my career," Walsh explained.

"Kilmacud Crokes are a great club and it would be a wonderful challenge."

It's added that he is "hoping to play with Crokes for the foreseeable future" but "fully intends to return to his local club to finish out his career".

Kilkerrin-Clonberne chairman Ian Hynes had said that the club are going to "fight" the transfer "all the way".

9 July 2022; Shane Walsh of Galway in action against Conor McCluskey of Derry during the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Semi-Final match between Derry and Galway at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile

The 29-year-old was working in the banking sector before returning to education last year. He is studying to become a PE teacher at the Portobello Institute. Walsh was travelling back and forth to Galway for training with the county panel all year. He scored nine points in last month's All-Ireland final as Galway lost out to Kerry.

"Thanks to John (Divilly) I've got a lift from him to training from Dublin a number of times throughout the season but travel certainly takes its toll on the body," said Walsh.

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"I love football and want to keep playing for as long as I can."

Kilmacud Crokes are nine-time Dublin senior football champions and two-time All-Ireland champions. They reached last season's All-Ireland final, but lost to Kilcoo.

Kilkerrin-Clonberne get their Galway IFC campaign underway against Headford on Friday, August 12th.

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News of the surprise transfer was broken by the Irish Independent on Saturday.

See Also: Former Mayo Footballer Understands Shane Walsh Dilemma

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