'I want to play football for as long as I can'

August 11, 2022

Could Galway's Shane Walsh be set for a switch to Kilmacud Crokes? ©INPHO/Bryan Keane

Shane Walsh is hoping a move to Kilmacud Crokes will help him to prolong his football career.

The Galway star's proposed transfer from Kilkerrin-Clonberne to the Dublin giants has caused a storm in the GAA world. The 29-year-old is currently studying in the capital and is seeking the move to reduce the amount of time he spends travelling back and forth to his home club for training and matches.

"It's circumstantial, the fact that I'm not 21 years of age anymore and flying around the place. That was probably a big part for me, moving up to Dublin going back to college and that," Walsh told Off The Ball at St. Vincent's GAA in Dublin. 

"It didn't really stem until February or March time, I started to pick up a couple of niggles around my hips and my back and it was starting to take the enjoyment out of it.

"I was coming up from training and sometimes I wasn't able to train and there's nothing worse than driving two and a half hours down the road and then you're tight and you're not able to train and you're literally getting physio and going back up again.

"For me, anyone that knows me knows that I love playing football, that's what it's all about for me and I want to play football as long as I can. It might have taken Galway 21 years to get to an All-Ireland final but I mightn't be able to go another 21 years playing football, but I'd love the idea of it."

Walsh reiterated his intention to return to Kilkerrin-Clonberne in the future.

"That for me is what it is and for me, I'm hoping to prolong my career by shortening the travel distance for the period that I'm up in Dublin but as I said, I'll be back down to Kilkerrin-Clonberne in the future," he added.

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