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Keegan to make Mayo decision ‘very soon’


Mike Finnerty

LEE KEEGAN says he has not made any definite decision on his inter-county future but will decide whether he will line out with Mayo in 2023 ‘very soon’.
The former Footballer of the Year was speaking tonight (Thursday) on a live webinar hosted by the Mayo Sports Partnership entitled, ‘Sports Volunteers; Without Volunteers, We’re Nothing’.
Facilitator Angelina Nugent asked the 33 year-old if he had made any decision on his inter-county future at the end of a wide-ranging discussion about his sporting career.
“No,” Keegan replied. “And I think it would be rude to say otherwise. Because it can't be a decision that's made overnight.
“Regardless of the decision I make, I absolutely love playing sports,” he added.
“I love playing GAA and that's the reason I'm happy within my sport because I love playing sport. Do things maybe sometimes negate that? Yes.
“I got older. I have kids, I have a family. I have a job. I have X, Y and Z.
“So all those things need to be considered before I can start making decisions for myself.
“It's not a thing where I can say, ‘of course, I want to be involved until I'm 50’.
“You always have to look at the bigger picture. I'm always relying on people full-time to make sure they pick up my stuff at home or work-wise or whatever it is to ensure that I'm able to play at the highest level.
“So [to answer] the first question, Yes, I absolutely love playing, and I think that was key from the way I celebrated with the club after we beat Ballina [in the County Final].
“So that's always a given. If I didn't love sport, I wouldn't be playing.
“I’d just feel it's a waste of my time and other people's time that are trying to invest in me.
“So will I come back next year? I will have a decision very soon, but just not at this moment because I just need to put a few more things in place before I make that big decision.
“But it's not going to be because I don’t love the game or because I don't want to be involved,  it'll be very much down to how life is going to be working for myself.
“I wish I had a better answer for ye,” he concluded.
The Mayo senior football squad returned to collective training for the first time under new manager Kevin McStay earlier this week.
Their first competitive game will be in the FBD Connacht League on Friday, January 13.

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