Cork player signs for Kilcar

Alan Foley

Alan Foley

Donegal captain Michael Murphy has rubbished suggestions he is about the join a Dublin club.

Rumours stated that Parnell's had made an approach for Glenswilly forward, who is currently a second year student in Biology and Physical Education at Dublin City University on the capital's northside.

"I can tell you there is no truth in this whatsoever," Murphy said this week. "I hadn't heard a thing about it until Tuesday when my dad (Mick) called me and said there were people ringing the house and asking if I was joining a club in Dublin. I don't know where these rumours have come from, but as I said they're simply not true.

"I will be playing for Glenswilly this season and that's it. Last year we were very close in the club championship and although every year is different in club football in Donegal, we're all looking forward to getting back at it and hopefully we can have a good run again this summer."

Murphy is currently studying in Dublin ahead of his examinations that start next week. He was due to play for his college side in their O'Byrne Cup opener against Offaly under the floodlights in Rhode last night, Wednesday, and DCU also have the Sigerson Cup to defend in the coming weeks. They open with a home tie at Grangegorman against Queen's University of Belfast on February 17.

Murphy's DCU teammates this season include Termon goalkeeper Michael Boyle, St Eunan's defender Eamonn Doherty and St Michael's duo Antoin McFadden and Martin McElhinney.

Cork player signs for Kilcar

Tom Comack

Kilcar's prospects for 2011 have received a major shot in the arm with the signing of a former Cork inter-county player.

Conor McManus, a McGrath Cup winner with the Rebel County in 2009, has joined the South West club after transferring from his home club Clonakilty. McManus, who is an engineer by profession, is living and working in Donegal and despite being courted by a number of clubs including St. Eunan's has signed on the dotted line for Kilcar and will line out alongside Donegal stars Michael Hegarty and Mark McHugh in 2011.

Confirming that McManus had joined the club, newly elected chairman Sean McGinley said that the club were delighted that McManus had joined them.

"We have lost a number of players to emigration and to other parts of the country in recent years and it is good to see a player joining the club for a change. Conor is living in Kilcar and we are delighted to have him and I have no doubt he will fit in. And given his experience he will be a huge benefit to us," said Sean McGinley.

McManus won a championship medal with his native Clonakilty in 2009. He kicked three points from full-forward in their 1-13 to 1-12 county final victory over St. Finbarrs.

He has also been on the fringes of the Cork senior team in recent seasons and was a member of the Rebel side that won the 2009 McGrath Cup.

It is thought the 600 mile round trip from Donegal to his home in West Cork is the reason behind his decision to opt to play his football in Donegal for 2011.

His signing for Kilcar is a timely boost for the club who have lost a number of first choice players Eamonn McGinley, Barry McGinley and Luke Carr. Eamonn McGinley has transferred to Roscommon while Barry McGinley has emigrated to Australia and Luke Carr is now working and living in Canada.

Kilcar have yet to select a manager for 2011 but there are a number of names being mentioned including U-21 and minor manager John McNulty and former player James McHugh.

Swilly Rovers to stay in USL

ALAN FOLEY

Swilly Rovers FC have confirmed they will remain in the Ulster Senior League and will not be dropping to the Donegal League.

The board players of the Ramelton based club met on Monday night and club secretary Ivan Grier was unhappy at how the rumours of their possible demotion to junior football surfaced.

"There never was any question of us dropping down and the players were angry to have heard we were considering it," Grier said. "We didn't consider it as we think that would've been a step down. Of course we are losing a few players through emigration to Australia and the likes, but that's happening at a lot of clubs."

Historically, Swilly are one of the most decorated sides in the county and have played in no fewer than five FAI Junior Cup finals, with two wins in the competition. They currently have one of the best underage set-ups in the county.

"We have had clubs in England calling about two 15-year-olds that we have here - Jordan Toland and Kyle Callan-McFadden. With Seamus Coleman going so well at Everton, it give lads here something to aim for. As well at that, the McNamee brothers, Tony and Barry, have recently re-signed for Derry City.

"We have between 90 and 100 children children playing football here every weekend and Ramelton is not a big town. People are also willing to spend their free time, free of charge, to coach these children. In that respect, football is thriving in Ramelton and there is no point in us dropping to junior football. I'm not saying we will win the Ulster Senior League this season, but we will certainly be competing in it."