McManus keen to continue with Offaly

McManus keen to continue with Offaly

Ciaran McManus has expressed his desire to continue playing with the Offaly senior footballers, following Tom Cribbin's recent reappointment as manager.

McManus will commit himself to his 16th season of senior inter-county football, and the veteran midfielder-cum-forward feels the Faithfuls can make further progress under Cribbin.

Offaly beat Clare and Waterford in the All-Ireland SFC qualifiers this summer, before losing to eventual finalists Down.

Commenting on Cribbin's reappointment, McManus said: "I'd think all the lads would be happy enough now. We all learned a bit this year.

"We gradually got better in everything, in the way we played and everything else. Not playing the higher level matches earlier in the year and not being in a top division probably cost us against Down in the experience side of things, so other than that, it's been a small few steps up the ladder let's say."

The 34-year-old has been a mainstay of the Offaly team since making his Championship debut against Louth back in 1996.

He won Leinster Championship and National League medals in 1997 and 1998 respectively, and has represented the Ireland International Rules side against Australia.

"I've no intention of not playing (next year). It's always up to Tom," he told the Irish Daily Mirror.

"There's plenty happening at the moment so once I can keep in shape over the winter and look after myself and see how things are next year.

"I suppose I played better this year than I had for the last few years so that's a good sign. It's not going the other way anyway at the moment, so that's good."

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