Sean O'Neill to focus on Crusaders rather than Antrim

Sean O'Neill
Sean O'Neill joined Crusaders from Dungannon Swifts

Goalkeeper Sean O'Neill appears to have made his final appearance of the season for the Antrim GAA team as he focuses on his new Irish League club Crusaders.

O'Neill played for the Saffrons against Westmeath on Saturday but has indicated that he will not be available for the round two qualifier tie against Carlow.

The match comes just five days before the Crues' probable Europa League qualifying round tie against Fulham.

"If push comes to shove my priority is Crusaders," said O'Neill.

"The game against Carlow is close to our first game against Fulham in the Europa League.

"I was grateful to Crusaders manager Stephen Baxter for allowing me to play against Westmeath but the Fulham game is more important to me now and I want to do well for Crusaders.

"Crusaders pay my wages and they are entitled to tell me whether or not I can play for Antrim," he added.

O'Neill's likely withdrawal from the Antrim panel would leave boss Liam Bradley short of an experienced goalkeeper for the remainder of the summer.

At the beginning of the year Bradley dropped experienced goalkeepers Sean McGreevy and John Finucane.

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