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Oisin McConville expects Laois return and rules out a move to Donegal

McConville had been nominated to take charge of the Donegal footballers by a local club.

FORMER ALL-IRELAND winner Oisin McConville says he’ll most likely take up a role with the Laois hurlers once again in 2018.

Oisin McConville Oisin McConville was speaking at the National Concussion Symposium Media Briefing in Croke Park yesterday Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

Speculation mounted last week that McConville was in line to replace Rory Gallagher as Donegal boss after he was nominated for the job along with Tony McEntee by an unnamed club in the county.

But McConville has poured cold water on the rumours and stated the only county he would ever manage is Armagh.

“One of the clubs put me forward and I was nominated and I was asked did I want to go ahead on it. I said no because Donegal’s far, it’s a long way away from where I am and logistics, that wouldn’t work for me.

“I’ve said it before, I’ve gone on record and said it before that the inter-county job that I would consider would be Armagh and that’s not something… I’m just not in line for that sort of job right now. I think I still have to garner a bit more experience and I’m getting that through the college stuff.

“I’ve done a couple of years with Cross’ (seniors) and now I’m getting the biggest education of my life because I’m with the Cross’ U6s and that’s proving tough on a Friday evening.”

Oisin McConville Source: Presseye/Andrew Paton/INPHO

McConville manages the Trench Cup side in Dundalk IT and was also involved with the Laois hurling team last season.

Eamonn Kelly brought McConville on board as a sports psychologist after the league last April. The Crossmaglen man expects to reprise that role in the coming months.

“I’ve spoken to Eamonn and that’s the plan. The plan is to go back in and do a bit more this year. I don’t know if that role is going to change a little bit or what but we’ll chat about it over the next couple of months.

“I think they’ll probably be back within the next month or so doing bits and pieces so we’ll see how that goes. I was only involved from the end of the league last so it would be nice to be in from the start this time.”

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