Keaney: no decision yet
Boden ace trains with footballers but future still unclear
By Conor McKeon
Tuesday January 05 2010
THE tug of war over Conal Keaney’s inter-county future has not yet been resolved, despite the Ballyboden St Enda’s man training with the Dublin footballers this morning.
Pat Gilroy’s men kicked off their seasonal training campaign this morning at 6.30 am and are due to meet again tonight and though Keaney was in attendance, he has not yet committed his future to either the football or hurling set-ups for the coming season.
Keaney has met with the hurling management on a number of occasions since the conclusion of last year’s inter-county activity and they are expecting to hear word on whether he will switch codes after this weekend.
Keaney captained the Evening Herald/Dublin Bus Dubs Stars footballers to victory over Dublin in last Sunday’s annual opener in Fingallians but has remained tight-lipped over his intercounty intentions for the coming season.
Meanwhile, Alan Brogan is in danger of missing the start of the National Football League due to a hand injury picked up in club action late last year. The St Oliver Plunkett’s/ER man damaged a scaphoid bone lining out in the AFL Division 1 semi-final defeat of St Sylvester’s and aggravated the knock in the final. Since having the injury assessed, it has been confirmed that the former Dublin captain suffered damage to the scaphoid – a notoriously slow bone to heal.
Dublin’s NFL Division 1 campaign gets under way on January 6 against All-Ireland champions Kerry in Killarney and the two times All Star could be forced out of the marquee fixture if the injury does not heal sufficiently over the coming weeks.
Brogan will almost definitely miss the upcoming challenge between past pupils of his former school, St Declan’s, and Dublin on January 21 in Russell Park, though his brother, Paul, is due to make a comeback in the fixture after concluding his rehabilitation from a second cruciate ligament injury in just over a year.
– Conor McKeon