A prominent Laois hurler has made the decision to switch codes for the 2018 season.
New Laois manager John Sugrue has confirmed that Slieve Bloom’s Ben Conroy has decided to throw his lot in with the footballers for the coming year.
He has attended a number of trials with football team and has reportedly performed very well.
The new Laois manager said: “We’re looking at things differently and looking at all possible players.
“Ben is a great athlete and is very talented and has played senior club football in Laois.
“He didn’t play this year because of injury but we’re trying to give anyone that comes in a good chance of making it.
“It’s a long off season in Laois so a lot of lads haven’t played football since August. We’re giving them a good chance now to show what they’re capable of.”
Conroy was named Laois Junior B footballer of the year in 2013 for his exploits with Castletown-Slieve Bloom.
But the 22-year-old has been part of the Laois senior hurling panel since 2015.
He missed almost all of this year though with a shoulder injury but his commitment to the footballers will surely come as a blow to Laois hurling manager Eamon Kelly.
Along with representing Slieve Bloom, Conroy has also played for Ballyfin Gaels at club level as part of the amalgamation agreement between the clubs.
So Conroy’s inclusion with the footballers is certainly interesting and he could make his debut in the O’Byrne Cup in January.