Recently retired Mayo football star Alan Dillon could be set to enter into the world of politics.
The two-time All Star, who served Mayo for 13 seasons before announcing his retirement on Tuesday, is a member of Fine Gael and his aunt Kathleen Coady even worked as former Taoiseach Enda Kenny's secretary for a number of years
Speaking to Edwin McGreal of The Mayo News tonight (Thursday), Dillon revealed that he has been in talks with officials over standing for the party in the next General Election.
"I am interested in getting involved with Fine Gael, certainly. It is not for me to decide whether that is in the next General Election or not. That is up to the party. I'm aware there's people there who have served the party for a long number of years," the Ballintubber native said.
"But if the members of the party were in favour, I would be interested. It is a big opportunity, a big challenge.
"I feel I would have dynamic qualities, would bring youth and freshness to the role and I have a real passion for Mayo, its people and the issues on the ground here. My wife Ashling has her own business in Castlebar and would be very up to speed with the issues relating to business in the town."