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Seamus Coleman rules out League of Ireland return... but fancies Gaelic football comeback

The full-back joined Everton from Sligo Rovers, but is more likely to return to Ireland to play GAA than to a domestic club.

IRELAND INTERNATIONAL Seamus Coleman has revealed that he is unlikely to return to the League of Ireland at the end of the career.

Many players have come back to the SSE Airtricity League in recent years, including former Ireland internationals Damien Duff, Keith Fahey, and Stephen McPhail, but Coleman says that he will not follow suit. The Everton full-back moved to Goodison Park from Sligo Rovers in 2009, but sees his life outside of football when he returns home.

“I’m definitely going home, I’m a homebird,” Coleman told the Irish Times.

“I’ll go back to Killybegs when I finish but I think it’ll be a case of playing for Killybegs GAA and St Catherine’s, the local club. I don’t know about the League of Ireland.”

Coleman spent three years at Sligo before joining Everton for £60,000, and revealed that he is not longing for a second League of Ireland experience, unlike Duff, who moved to England as a teenager.

“Damien Duff had an amazing career and probably missed out on the League of Ireland; he went straight to the top. Maybe he had that longing to go back,” the 27-year-old admitted.

“But I’ve played my 50 games in the League of Ireland. It could change, but I think I’ll play with friends at St Catherine’s.

“They think I’m just saying that but that’s what I’m longing for, training on a Tuesday and Thursday night on the Astroturf or up on the Gaelic pitch with your friends. I was lucky enough to do that until I was 18. Hopefully I can go back and join in.”


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