Mayo’s five-time All-Star and 2016 Footballer of the Year Lee Keegan was speaking last night at a live webinar where, inevitably, the question came up about his plans for inter-county involvement in 2023. Mike Finnerty has a piece on last night’s discussion on this topic on the Mayo News website – here.
The gist of the conversation from last night’s webinar is that Lee has yet to make a final decision about his plans for next year. He did confirm, though, that it would be made “very soon”.
Lee stressed that the decision facing him has nothing to do about his love for the game and isn’t simply about whether or not he wants to keep playing Gaelic football at the top level. Instead, it’s about everything else going on in his life right now.
Lee summed up where his thinking is at and the factors feeding into his impending decision:
So will I come back next year? I will have a decision very soon, but just not at this moment because I just need to put a few more things in place before I make that big decision.
But it’s not going to be because I don’t love the game or because I don’t want to be involved, it’ll be very much down to how life is going to be working for myself.
Mayo fans everywhere will, of course, be hoping that the greatest player in the modern era to wear the Green and Red will be available to line out at inter-county level once again in 2023. At the same time, nobody could quibble if the Westport man were to decide that it’s not possible for him to commit for another season.
Whatever Lee ultimately decides to do, it’s right that he’s given all the time he needs in coming to a definitive conclusion about his plans for next year. If ever a player deserved sufficient time and space to mull over a major decision like this, then Lee is surely that player.