21 Jan 2022

Quinn undecided over Aussie Rules future

Aussie Rules star Michael Quinn has not ruled out the possibility of returning home after the Killoe footballer was let go by AFL side, Essendon.

Aussie Rules star Michael Quinn has not ruled out the possibility of returning home after the Killoe footballer was let go by AFL side, Essendon.

The talented 21-year-old also took a parting shot at how news of his axing emerged following a phonecall last Monday (October 17).

“I was supposed to be back out for training on the Wednesday,” he candidly revealed to the Leader earlier this week.

“It was the way it was done that was more annoying and frustrating than anything else. I had kind of seen it coming but it was dragged out a bit in the end.”

A softly spoken individual for the most part, Quinn’s disappointment was obvious as he attempted to fend off questions over what may have prompted his sudden but not entirely unexpected departure.

“That’s between me and them (Essendon),” he said, pausing for a moment to gather his thoughts. “I suppose it’s a cut throat business, it’s not like the loyalty that you have with the GAA, it’s professional football.”

Earlier this month, Quinn hinted at the prospect of becoming a free agent after his third season with the Melbourne giants coincided with new head coach, James Hird taking over the helm at the Etihad Stadium.

The club’s first international recruit in 2008, Quinn’s stock arguably reached its height in round 2 of the 2009 season when the unassuming Longford native smashed Marty Clarke’s record for making the quickest debut by a former GAA player.

The past 12 months however saw the likeable Killoe midfielder fail to make any real lasting impression on the Essendon first team with most of his appearances coming in the side’s second string-the Bendigo Bombers.

Whatever about his own disappointment, Quinn dismissed rumours of a rift having emerged with his former employers.

Instead, the ex-DIT student said he intended spending the next few days discussing his future with close friends and family.

“I’m not really sure what I am going to do at the minute. It’s a tough one as I enjoyed my time there (with Essendon) but at the same time I always wanted to come home and play so I’m not sure what I want right now,” he said.

Quinn’s indecision could hinge largely on the outcome of an open draft in mid December, when AFL clubs have the opportunity of signing players ahead of the new season.

He also revealed Longford manager Glenn Ryan has been in contact as the Kildare native no doubt looks to add the pacy starlet to his panel for next season’s upcoming league and championship campaigns.

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