Mayo GAA announced within the last hour that two-time Young Footballer of the Year Oisín Mullin has decided to stay in Ireland to concentrate on playing for Mayo and for his club Kilmaine. The statement from Mayo GAA confirming Oisín’s decision is here.
As he confirms in the statement, the opportunity to go to Australia to play Aussie Rules professionally with Geelong was something to which Oisín gave careful thought. It was an issue he obviously wrestled with in great detail and, having done so, has decided that his future lies here rather than on the other side of the world.
Saying what a big decision this was for him to make, Oisín goes on to say that “playing for Mayo with my friends is a huge honour and something I love doing”. His decision to stay in Ireland confirms the veracity of that statement.
James Horan is, quite obviously, delighted with the news, saying that:
I am delighted he will be part of the Mayo Senior Football panel this year. Oisín is a fantastic guy, a leader, and adds so much to the setup.
This is so obviously a hugely positive development for the county. Oisín is a generational talent, a player we couldn’t possibly replace. His loss would have been an enormous blow for us, his decision to stay is a massive positive for Mayo.
With the news coming just ahead of the start of the new inter-county season, this is a shot in the arm the county badly needed. Everyone’s been down in the dumps since September but it’s impossible not to look forward to the year ahead with renewed confidence arising from this very welcome news.
I hope that, for Oisín, the decision lifts a weight from his young shoulders. It was always going to be a difficult decision to make and now that he has we all have to hope that his dreams and ambitions – which all of us share – will be fulfilled playing for the Green and Red.
Mike, Rob and I had just finished recording a short welcome podcast a bit earlier on for our new – and rapidly expanding number of – club members over on Patreon when news of Oisín’s decision broke. So, of course, we recorded another episode on the spot, giving instant reaction to the news and that episode is now online and available to Patreon club members. The welcome episode – the Oisín-less one – will be online a bit later.
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Right – Sunday night or not, I’m having a beer. Cheers, y’all.