SPORT — 28 August 2013

By Damian Dolan.

Paul Coggins will seek clarification from the London’s county board and its clubs as to whether there will be a round of championship fixtures prior to the start of next year’s National Football League.

A ‘seeding’ round of senior championship fixtures was played last February and the need to repeat that arrangement intensified last week with confirmation that captain Seamus Hannon and full back Stephen Curran have joined Greg Crowley, Tony Gaughan and Eamon McConville in transferring back to their home town clubs in Ireland.

All will need to play championship in London next year in order to be eligible to again play inter-county football for the Exiles.

Coggins is expected to sit down with county board officials in the coming weeks and has expressed an interest in building on this year’s success of reaching a first-ever Connacht final, but that is one of several issues that Coggins will want resolved before committing to extend his three-year tenure as Exiles boss.

“It’s something I would like dealt with before I make a final decision. I’d want to know what the board’s position is and what the clubs’ position is,” said Coggins, who met with members of his panel last Friday evening at the Crown Moran Hotel, Chiswick, to review the past season.

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