Westmeath's Dolan confirms Boston plan

Westmeath star Dessie Dolan will play no part in the county's All-Ireland Championship campaign this summer after electing to spend time in Boston.

Westmeath star Dessie Dolan will play no part in the county's All-Ireland Championship campaign this summer after electing to spend time in Boston.

The 32-year-old forward has not featured for Westmeath in 2012 due to club commitments with Garrycastle whom he helped win the Leinster title and reach the All-Ireland final.

Rumours were rife that Dolan woul make himself available for Westmeath's summer run of matches, but he has told manager Pat Flanagan that he will not be returning to the fold.

Instead, the former All-Star will be spending the rest of the summer Stateside as he follows Westmeath goalkeeper Gary Connaughton to Boston.

He will jet off next month and plans to play football for the Donegal club in the city. "I'm just going for a break really. I'm going to spend some time over there," he told the Irish Independent.

Flanagan is preparing his troops for Saturday's All-Ireland first round qualifier at home to Louth, which is a repeat of the counties' Leinster Championship clash from last month.

Meanwhile, Dolan has indicated that he would like 'one more year' with Westmeath if things go to plan. He turns 34 next summer and has been playing at the top level since his debut outing against Antrim back in 1998.

His performances in Westmeath's Leinster title-winning season of 2004 won him an All-Star award, and he also received recognition for his displays with Leinster (Interprovincial Championship) and Ireland (International Rules Series).

Whatever about his future with Westmeath, Dolan remains determined to play on with his club Garrycastle whilst continuing to work as a teacher in Moate Community School.

"I'll be back for school in September and hopefully, Garrycastle will still be in the Championship at that stage," he added.

"I'd like to get back for maybe one more year with Westmeath. But we'll see how things go. It was a long year with the club, so it's just a break more than anything."

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