Clunes not ruling out Templepatrick return

Warren Clunes in action for Templepatrick against Laurelvale. Photo: Phillip Byrne

Warren Clunes in action for Templepatrick against Laurelvale. Photo: Phillip Byrne

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Templepatrick Cricket Club’s overseas player Warren Clunes says he’d like to come back to The Cloughan next season, but hasn’t yet made a firm decision on his future.

The all-rounder (inset) jetted back to his native Australia seven days ago to prepare for a new challenge with a club in Canberra. He described his time with the Ballyclare-based club as a “good experience”, helping consolidate their position in NCU Section 1.

“I couldn’t have asked for more from the club, they have really helped me and I have made a lot of good friends here,” he said. “On the whole, it’s been a good experience for me.

“The club’s goal was to try and stay up and we’ve done that. I think we’re probably a bit disappointed to have lost games we should have won to take us a little higher up (the table). But the club’s aim has been achieved, so I suppose it’s a pass.”

He added: “I won’t know if I’ll be back with Templepatrick for a little while yet, but obviously I like the club and if I get the opportunity to come back, I’d like to. It just depends on what happens over the next few months before I make a decision.”

The 27-year-old also said he relished his coaching role and believes there are a lot of talented youngsters coming through the ranks.

“It was one of the main reasons I wanted to come over. I wanted to do a bit more coaching with kids - especially at the younger age groups. They enjoyed it and it was good fun for me as well,” he said.

“There is a lot of talent around the area. For me, there are at least two or three really talented guys in every age group which is a good sign. Hopefully, if we can keep them keen they will eventually filter through to the first-team in the years to come.”