AFL: Reigning Premier Geelong signal Irish star Oisin Mullin for 2023

A powerful Irish connection has served Geelong properly and is about to strengthen with Mayo’s Gaelic soccer star Oisin Mullin lastly becoming a member of the Cats a 12 months 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 premiership 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 12 months in 2020 and 2021.

He’s considered the most effective 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 staff since ex-Swan Tadhg Kennelly managed that feat with Sydney in 2005.

Geelong’s listing 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 explanation 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 excellent addition to our enjoying squad.

“Oisin has had one other spectacular season with Mayo and we look ahead to welcoming him and his accomplice Jess to the membership and to Geelong.”

Regardless of not touring to Australia after agreeing to affix 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 affix Mayo, with AFLW participant Rachel Kearns additionally from the Irish membership.

Initially launched as AFL: Reigning Premier Geelong indicators Irish star for 2023