AFL: Reigning premiers Geelong sign Irish star for 2023

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A strong Irish connection has served Geelong well and it is set to go from strength to strength with Mayo Gaelic football star Oisin Mullin set to finally join the Cats a year after the club signed him.

Mullin, who opted to stay in Ireland after initially signing with the Cats in 2021, has been approved for a visa and will join the 2022 Premiers for the pre-season.

The 22-year-old was a star for Irish County Mayo, named the Gaelic Athletic Association’s Young Footballer of the Year in 2020 and 2021.

He is considered the best defender in this competition and will move to Geelong where he will join fellow Irish and premiership players Zach Tuohy and Mark O’Connor.

They became the first Irishmen to play in an AFL premiership-winning team since former Swan Tadhg Kennelly achieved the feat with Sydney in 2005.

Geelong’s head of roster management Andrew Mackie couldn’t be more excited about Mullin’s move.

“As a club we appreciate the magnitude of the move overseas and understand the reasons why Oisin has stayed in Ireland and not joined us this season,” Mackie said.

“We are thrilled that he is now joining the Cats for the 2023 season. He is a gifted talent, but more importantly a quality person who will be a great addition to our squad of players.

“Oisin has had another impressive season with Mayo, and we look forward to welcoming him and his partner Jess to the club and to Geelong.”

Although he did not travel to Australia after agreeing to join Geelong, Mullin was never delisted, and Mackie and national recruitment manager Stephen Wells remained in contact with the Irishman throughout. of the year.

Mullin will be the second Cats player to join Mayo, with AFLW player Rachel Kearns also from the Irish club.

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