Galway United striker Padraic Cunningham has turned down the offer of full-time football with Cork City in order play inter-county gaelic football with Galway in 2018.
Reports last week suggested that the 21-year-old was mulling over offers to take up a full-time offer to play with John Caulfield’s double winners down in Leeside, or stay in Galway and play for Kevin Walsh’s Tribesmen, and while he came to choosing the former, ultimately he opted for the latter.
Speaking to RTE Sport, Cunningham revealed that gaelic football had always been his first love -though it was a tough decision to make:
“When I grew up it was all Gaelic football in my house; it was only when I moved to Mervue United that soccer took over.
“I was part of the Galway minors when I was younger but I decided to play soccer the next year. Gaelic football would be my first love.
“It was a tough call, a huge call.
“I did a lot of thinking over it, even with the whole family. I decided that Gaelic football was the right route to go down, even though I loved my time at Galway United.
“Now I want to push on and make the team. I’m hoping I can keep pushing myself to achieve that.”
Cunningham spent four years at Galway United. The forward made 26 appearances for the club last season (including 12 starts), scoring four goals as Shane Keegan’s side suffered relegation heartbreak on the final day of the the 2017 Premier Division season.
The corner forward has already featured for Galway in the FBD League, and will be looking not nail down a place in Walsh’s starting fifteen over the course the Allianz Football League, beginning later this month with a clash against Tyrone in Tuam.
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