Dublin dual star Ciarán Kilkenny has confirmed he is deferring his trial with AFL club Carlton to further his football and hurling career.
He was speaking after being named as the 2012 Cadbury Hero of the Future at an announcement in Croke Park. “I want to get a taste of playing senior football and under-21 hurling for Dublin. On top of that I’ve also the Leaving Cert to do and that’s not over until June 14th,” he told the GAA’s official website, gaa.ie.
“I might go down to the country for a day or two to relax after that but then I want to focus on getting into the Dublin teams. That will be my focus. I would like to go to Australia for two weeks and get a taste for it after all that because I think then I will be in a better position to make a decision,” said the 18 year-old Castlenock club man.
Kilkenny is probably the most prized young sportsman in the country having played a key role in the march of Dublin’s football and hurling minors to last September’s All-Ireland finals where he suffered the double disappointment of losing to Galway and Tipperary.