Two-time Young Footballer of the Year, Oisin Mullin chose to reject a professional career with AFL club Geelong to stay in Ireland and continue playing with Mayo and his club Kilmaine.
After weeks of deliberation, Mayo GAA confirmed Mullin’s decision tonight, which is a huge boost for All Ireland’s beaten finalists in 2021.
Resigned to losing him after Geelong confirmed his signing in November and signed him up in December, Mullins changed his mind after much consideration.
“Going to Australia to play professionally was a really exciting opportunity and something I wanted to research and consider in detail,” he said in the statement.
“It was a big decision for me because playing for Mayo with my friends is a huge honor and something I love to do, so I wanted to take the time to consider all aspects of it. After careful consideration and a lot of family support, I have decided to stay in Ireland and am really excited to join the Mayo Senior Football panel as soon as possible.
“I am grateful to everyone who helped me during the process. I especially want to express my gratitude to everyone at Geelong Football Club. I want to thank them for their understanding and wish them every success for the future. “
Mullins, who trained with Mayo over the weekend, was tracked for a time by Geelong and other AFL clubs and was initially identified as part of a 2019 Combine in Dublin.
His progress with Mayo over the past two seasons has increased awareness of his athletic abilities and he looked like a player who could adapt quickly to AFL play.
But doubts over his full commitment to such a move have been circulating for some time and only last week, after Mayo Connacht’s Championship game with Galway in the province’s Air Dome, manager James Horan said the player and his family needed more time to work. the proposed move.
Over the weekend, Geelong chief executive Steve Hocking acknowledged that “the Irish are doing everything and working very hard behind the scenes to retain their talent”, but remained excited about Mullin traveling.
Horan praised Mullin’s decision. “I’m delighted to have him on Mayo’s senior football panel this year. Oisin is a fantastic guy, a leader, and he adds a lot to the setup. There’s a great spirit in the current squad and all the players are excited to be back up and running. Our first game is just a few weeks away and we as a team are looking forward to the year ahead.”