By Darragh Farrelly
Ciaran Kilkenny is looking for as much game time as possible with his club side Castleknock before making the transititon to Aussie Rules.
The dual star, who won an All-Ireland U-21 medal with the Dublin footballers this year, will move to the professional ranks next month to start pre-season training with his new side Hawthorn.
Kilkenny’s departure will come as a major blow to hurling manager Anthony Daly and the incoming Jim Gavin, who managed Kilkenny to All-Ireland success this year, but the lure of the professional ranks was too hard to resist.
“This is not a decision I reached lightly but the opportunity to experience a different culture, test myself in a new code and live the life of a professional athlete is one I could not pass up,” he explained.
“The next month will be spent training hard to prepare for pre-season and playing as much GAA as I can,” said the 19-year-old.
“I’ll be back at Christmas after a months training out there, so I’ll be keeping a close eye on our results.”
His club Castleknock won the Dublin junior championship last week.