Mayo football star Andy Moran has moved to dismiss speculation in this week’s Mayo News linking him with a surprise bid to stand for Fine Gael.
Moran’s name was touted by many in the party as a very attractive potential candidate to replace ex-Taoiseach Enda Kenny in Mayo, given his huge popularity as a footballer.
No official approach had been made by the party but several sources in the party told this newspaper he would be a ‘high quality’ candidate if he was interested.
However, speaking to The Mayo News this afternoon, Moran firmly ruled himself out of the reckoning.
“I’ve no interest in going for politics. My focus is on my family, my business, playing with Mayo and, when I finish playing with Mayo, going into coaching,” said Moran.
Yesterday (Tuesday) while receiving the PwC GAA/GPA Player of the Month Award for August, Moran confirmed he would continue playing with Mayo in the 2018 season.
The Ballaghaderreen man is odds on to win the coveted Footballer of the Year award later this year after scoring 3-24 for Mayo in their run to the All-Ireland Final this season.
“We’re luckily enough due another child in January, and fingers crossed everything goes well there I’ll be back in 2018, no doubt yeah,” Moran told journalists at the PwC presentation.
“This thing about quitting, I’ll go when the likes of Stephen Rochford and them boys run me. I suppose that’s kind of the way we were brought up, from the town we’re from. So I don’t think I’ve ever had in my head that I’d ever quit. If Jenny my wife backs me, and my life kind of goes with it, there’s no reason why I wouldn’t go back, to be honest.
“We’re in a very privileged position, from Mayo as you know, a bit nuts, as you say. Our first league game next year will probably have 15,000 people at it, at MacHale Park, so that definitely makes it a bit easier, in where we want to go to, and get to.
“Is it as easy as saying just go again? It’s not, you have go away and reflect and see where you’re going to go yourself, in terms of family life, work life, stuff like that. But in terms of football this is what we do, what we love, so we just go again.”