Lilywhites starlet Hurley poised to make move to AFL

Kildare could be about to lose another senior footballer to the AFL, with reports in Australia suggesting that Seán Hurley is expected to join Fremantle in October.

Hurley, who participated in the AFL Draft Combine in 2012, trialled with the Dockers at the end of last year but wasn’t signed up, despite apparently having impressed with his speed, aerobic fitness and kicking skills.

The official AFL website has reported that Hurley and Fremantle have been working on an agreement that would see the 22-year-old join the west coast outfit at the end of the current GAA season. He would be registered as an international category B rookie.

The Johnstownbridge man made his senior championship debut in 2011 but became a regular under Kieran McGeeney last season. He has also been prominent during the current Allianz League campaign. Hurley is a clubmate of Daniel Flynn, who recently returned to Kildare just days after making his debut for Port Adelaide in the NAB Challenge. Flynn cited homesickness for his decision but could still see out the rest of his contract and is officially on a leave of absence.

Elsewhere, New York manager Ian Galvin has named Brendan Quigley as his captain ahead of May’s clash with Mayo in the Connacht SFC. Quigley, a former Laois star and AFL player, recently transferred to the Donegal club in New York after a standout year for Leitrim. The role of vice-captain will be that of Kerry’s Gary O’Driscoll, who won a New York senior medal under Galvin last year. The Connacht Council has agreed to a request from RTÉ to bring the May 4 throw-in forward to 7.30pm Irish time in order to facilitate the broadcast of highlights from the opening encounter of this year’s All-Ireland series.

Meanwhile two-time All-Ireland medallist John O’Brien has rejoined the Tipperary senior hurling panel.

O’Brien, 32, took a full part in training with the Premier County squad in Thurles on Tuesday evening and his seasonal return comes as a massive boost to manager Eamon O’Shea.

Experienced defender Paul Curran is also on the comeback trail following hip surgery and last year’s U21 captain Niall O’Meara has also linked up with the senior set-up.

Assistant manager Michael Ryan confirmed that 2010 Hurler of the year Lar Corbett will return to training next week but three key players have been ruled out of next Sunday’s Allianz League quarter-final against Cork at Semple Stadium.

Defender Michael Cahill and Patrick ‘Bonner’ Maher are not being considered after picking up hamstring injuries in last Sunday’s victory over Dublin, and Pádraic Maher is still out with the shoulder injury he sustained against Galway in Salthill.

OFFALY (NFL v Limerick): A Mulhall (Walsh Island); D Brady (Ballyfore), D Hanlon (Edenderry), J O’Connor (St Rynagh’s); N Darby (Rhode), J Moloney (Tullamore), M Brazil (Tullamore); R Allen (Gracefield), N Smith (Gracefield); P Sullivan (Rhode), A Sullivan (Rhode), E Carroll (Cappincur); C Hurley (Edenderry), N McNamee (Rhode), P Cunningham (Bracknagh).

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