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GAA: BUCKLEY HINTS AT RETURN HOME.

Byline: COLM KEYS

NIALL Buckley has not ruled out the prospect of a return home to play with Kildare in this year's championship.

The player has stated his intention to remain in Chicago where he plays his club football with St. Brendan's.

But he has left the door open for a possible return by stating yesterday: "I'll be staying unless something drastic happens."

That "something drastic" could come sooner rather than later as a member of the county management is expected to make contact with Buckley in the coming plans to determine his plans for the year.

Buckley is back in Chicago after a five week break home when no member of the management made contact with him.

"I didn't think it was my place to contact them when I was home," said Buckley who spent last year in Chicago and missed the championship.

"If they are interested in me wouldn't you think someone would have made contact and asked me was I staying.

"I'm not saying I would have stayed but at least there would have been discussion," he said.

Efforts were made to lure Buckley home last summer for some of Kildare's championship matches but they failed on a technicality.

Buckley couldn't be drawn on wide of the mark rumours that he was about to return home and throw his lot in with Cork, following in the footsteps of current Cork manager Larry Tompkins.

He also disputed suggestions that he was returning to Chicago because he liked the easier lifestyle.

"I saw a lot of things being reported like where I was supposed to have said 'the life in Chicago is much easier' but what's that supposed to mean," he added.

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BUCKLEY: Decision time
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Feb 2, 2001
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