A robust Irish connection has served Geelong effectively and is about to strengthen with Mayo’s Gaelic soccer star Oisin Mullin lastly becoming a member of the Cats a yr after the membership signed him.
Mullin, who opted to remain in Eire after initially signing with the Cats in 2021, has been granted a visa and can be part of the 2022 Premier League for pre-season.
The 22-year-old was a star for Eire’s County Mayo, being named the Gaelic Athletic Affiliation’s Younger Footballer of the Yr in 2020 and 2021.
He’s thought to be one of the best defender in that competitors and can transfer to Geelong the place he’ll be part of fellow Irishman and premiership gamers, Zach Tuohy and Mark O’Connor.
They turned the primary Irish to play in an AFL premiership successful workforce since ex-Swan Tadhg Kennelly managed that feat with Sydney in 2005.
Geelong’s checklist administration chief Andrew Mackie could not be extra smitten by Mullin’s transfer.
“As a membership, we respect the significance of shifting overseas and perceive the the reason why Oisin remained in Eire and didn’t be part of us this season,” Mackie stated.
“We’re thrilled that he’ll now be part of the Cats for the 2023 season. He’s a gifted expertise, however extra importantly a high quality particular person who will likely be an amazing addition to our enjoying squad.
“Oisin has had one other spectacular season with Mayo and we sit up for welcoming him and his associate Jess to the membership and to Geelong.”
Regardless of not touring to Australia after agreeing to hitch Geelong, Mullin was by no means de-listed and Mackie and nationwide recruiting supervisor Stephen Wells stored in contact with the Irishman all year long.
Mullin would be the second Cats participant to hitch Mayo, with AFLW participant Rachel Kearns additionally from the Irish membership.
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