Former Cork hurler Setanta Ó hAilpín’s AFL future is in serious doubt, after he was delisted by the Carlton Blues. The 28-year-old was let go by Carlton on Tuesday, after the Melbourne club decided not to offer him a new contract.
However, despite speculation of a return to Ireland and the Cork hurling panel, Ó hAilpín’s manager denied that there was any possibility of that scenario at present.
“Setanta has got unfinished business mate – he is not going anywhere,” Michael Quinlan told the sportsnewsfirst.com.au website. “I think his opportunities are still there, and his last game of football was a preliminary final so he must be offering something.
“I believe he has still got development in his game. His natural aggression at the ball and also his ability to go forward, back and pinch hit in the ruck which are all handy assets to have at the moment.”
Ó hAilpín will now be part of next month’s draft and Quinlan believes that he will be signed by another AFL club:
“We definitely feel he’s got plenty more to offer and even more development left in his game,” he added. “We haven’t got a bloke who is shattered, thinking his career is over. We’re looking at him continuing for sure.”