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Salthill-Knocknacarra chairman insists Gavin Duffy did not refuse to line out for intermediates

The former Connacht rugby player was in Dr Hyde Park this afternoon to watch his county team, Mayo, in action.

Gavin Duffy (centre) chats with Mayo boss James Horan.
Gavin Duffy (centre) chats with Mayo boss James Horan.
Image: James Crombie/INPHO

Updated 21:10

SALTHILL KNOCKNACARRA INSIST former Connacht rugby player Gavin Duffy did not refuse to line out for the club’s intermediate football match in Tuam this afternoon.

Several club sources told today that Duffy decided against lining out for the Galway side.

An official statement on the behalf of the club by chairman Peter O’Halloran, posted on their website, reads: “Salthill-Knocknacarra GAA Club wishes to disassociate itself with any and all recent media comments in relation to Gavin Duffy.

“We are delighted to have Gavin as a member of our club and senior football panel. Any such quotes did not originate from official spokespersons representing Salthill-Knocknacarra GAA Club and do not reflect the club’s views.”

According to the club sources, Duffy was informed, last night, that he would be in the Salthill-Knocknacarra intermediate team for their Galway IFC clash with Headford. The 32-year-old had been named on the senior team’s bench for their 1-4 to 0-6 defeat to An Cheathru Rua, on Saturday, but did not see any action.

Gavin Duffy arrives Duffy arrives at Dr Hyde Park in his Mayo team tracksuit. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Rather than line out for a “depleted” intermediate team, Duffy opted to travel with the Mayo football squad, who he has been training with for the past three weeks, to watch the Connacht SFC game against Roscommon at Dr Hyde Park. Salthill-Knocknacarra ended up losing 1-11 to 0-8.

Duffy has played just 12 minutes of intermediate football with the Galway club but has spent most of his time with the Mayo footballers.  The Salthill-Knocknacarra intermediates have been depleted by the loss of six players, who have travelled to America on J1 student-work visas. Duffy was not named in the Mayo match-day squad to take on Roscommon this afternoon.

– Originally posted at 14:06

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