Mayo Gaelic football legend Lee Keegan says he would welcome a career as a GAA pundit after announcing his retirement from inter-county football earlier this month.
The 33-year-old from Westport shocked the GAA community when he announced he was quitting inter-county football to devote more time to his wife and two young children after 11 years with the team, where he was named among the county’s best players was considered one of the Sometimes the player
He was named the 2016 Player of the Year and has won five All-Star medals as well as seven Connacht titles and one National League title. He also won six All-Ireland Championship runners-up medals.
In a statement released to the county board, he said: “I have enjoyed every minute of my time with Mayo. We had good days and some memorable wins. For me, it will always be wearing that Mayo jersey with pride every single day.” wear, and I had the honor of playing alongside players who were like-minded, and under managers who drove high standards on and off the pitch.
“But all good things must come to an end. The reality is that I have had to rely on a lot of people to give me the time and space to pursue my dreams – especially my wife Aoife. Now that our two I have young children, Lyle and Rhea, so I am well aware that I no longer commit to inter-county football in the way that I did over the past eleven years. I will continue to make myself available to Westport and I look forward to building on the historic success of last year in the years to come.
He reiterated those reasons for stepping down last night during an appearance on RTE’s The Late Late Show.
Asked by host Ryan Tubridy whether he was taking a page from New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ahern – who this week announced she would not seek re-election to devote more time to her family – he said his position The reasons for leaving were the same as before.
“I had 12 great seasons (with Mayo),” he said. “I just realized that this was a time in my life when I could walk away and be happy with what I did.”
“I’ve had a great career, I’m really happy with my career, but now I have kids at home, I have a job, a house, so I just want to give it time and see where it takes me.” Is.” They said.
“I’m not completely retired – I’m still playing with my club,” he said.
But he said he could not fully dedicate himself to competing at inter-county level.
“Everybody who plays GAA will say the same thing – you have to be very selfish; If you are not you will not be successful at the top level. You are committed five, six days a week and if you want to be really ambitious and try to get the All Ireland (championship) then you have to commit to it.
He said that he did not have the same level of responsibilities for most of his career that he has now.
“I didn’t have a whole lot of commitments and responsibilities anymore—in terms of kids, mortgage, job—so I just said, ‘I don’t want to be dependent on people all the time, people picking up on my slack that I should be doing at home and taking care of the kids. Milestones must be missed as well. You start off in the blink of an eye and they are old before you know it,” he said of his three and 15-month-old daughters.
“The sport then took a backward step in terms of importance,” he said.
But he hinted that sports fans might not be seeing the last of him just yet.
Asked if he would consider pursuing a career as a sports pundit, he said: “It’s definitely something I’d love to look into. I’ve done bits with RTÉ before and I’m a supporter of sports , I love going to games, always interested in how games are trying to evolve, how players are trying to evolve and so, listen, if something comes out, I’d love to take it , “They said.