National Forum

Cathal McShane Going To The AFL?

(Oldest Posts First) - Go To The Latest Post


Replying To KeshGFC:  "changed his mind ??? seriously if you believe that there is no hope for ya"
Ah so you reckon he wasn't good enough? In my view, he's easily good enough to be taken on for a trial period; lesser players have been taken on. Sometimes, a big fancy foreign move is great in theory until you experience the reality of emigration. It's not all upsides.

essmac (Tyrone) - Posts: 663 - 06/02/2020 12:14:28    2265650

Link

Replying To essmac:  "Ah so you reckon he wasn't good enough? In my view, he's easily good enough to be taken on for a trial period; lesser players have been taken on. Sometimes, a big fancy foreign move is great in theory until you experience the reality of emigration. It's not all upsides."
Yes very much agree with this- we had two players who tried this out and did not work for them- home now plying their trade with us. Huge move for them- don't think our two were near good enough, maybe in their own heads they were!!!

finnyfifs (Westmeath) - Posts: 34 - 06/02/2020 12:34:21    2265654

Link

Replying To essmac:  "Ah so you reckon he wasn't good enough? In my view, he's easily good enough to be taken on for a trial period; lesser players have been taken on. Sometimes, a big fancy foreign move is great in theory until you experience the reality of emigration. It's not all upsides."
i reckon he's more than capable, just think he got homesick, gave it 5 mins and came back

KeshGFC (Fermanagh) - Posts: 203 - 06/02/2020 14:33:20    2265687

Link

Replying To KeshGFC:  "i reckon he's more than capable, just think he got homesick, gave it 5 mins and came back"
He was there on a 10 day trial. How was he homesick? He said he was about to sign a deal but was offered a new job in Tyrone.

FoolsGold (Cavan) - Posts: 1940 - 06/02/2020 18:06:21    2265742

Link

Great for Mickey harte Tyrone and the gaa as a whole that cathal mcshane decided to stay in Ireland, Goes to prove that the gaa has plenty to offer its top stars and staying put can be a attractive option.

Royal.Legend (Meath) - Posts: 409 - 06/02/2020 18:12:53    2265744

Link

Replying To FoolsGold:  "He was there on a 10 day trial. How was he homesick? He said he was about to sign a deal but was offered a new job in Tyrone."
Cathal from a small rural club. He is a home bird and didn't fancy the move to OZ after going down for a visit.

ryan (Donegal) - Posts: 452 - 06/02/2020 19:08:22    2265759

Link

Brilliant news. About to sign his contract and got the offer of full time employment at home. Tyrone were going to be lost without him. Good for everyone that's he's going to grace the football pitches of Ireland this year instead of Australia.

border Gael (Monaghan) - Posts: 730 - 06/02/2020 20:10:24    2265772

Link

just wondering will he always be saying .what if I went to ozz.he can always come back. look at c.kilkenny

eurosports (Mayo) - Posts: 20 - 06/02/2020 20:56:13    2265780

Link

Replying To essmac:  "Ah so you reckon he wasn't good enough? In my view, he's easily good enough to be taken on for a trial period; lesser players have been taken on. Sometimes, a big fancy foreign move is great in theory until you experience the reality of emigration. It's not all upsides."
Indeed , I'd reckon those bloody Aussie whiners would give you scour after a short while. Better off out of it.

catch22 (USA) - Posts: 1172 - 06/02/2020 21:17:56    2265788

Link

Replying To ryan:  "Cathal from a small rural club. He is a home bird and didn't fancy the move to OZ after going down for a visit."
Not what he has said in his interviews. He was prepared to sign a Afl contract but got sorted with a new job, when he was considering the contract
Tyrone did their bit to keep him.

FoolsGold (Cavan) - Posts: 1940 - 06/02/2020 22:44:51    2265817

Link

So what is this new career with Keystone?

The whole thing seems quite strange to me.

Just out of nowhere Keystone has this unrivalled job role available which just happens to keep Tyrones best player in the country.

I hope this lad doesnt regret this. His Tyrone county career will only last so long but his working career needs to be sustainable for the rest of his working life.

Wally (Tyrone) - Posts: 698 - 07/02/2020 10:54:43    2265901

Link

They probaly had to match what he was going to earn as a Rookie in AFL. 80 k a year is what Rookies earn, flights included.
Mickey Harte said all along they would do their best to keep him.

FoolsGold (Cavan) - Posts: 1940 - 07/02/2020 11:23:19    2265909

Link

Replying To FoolsGold:  "They probaly had to match what he was going to earn as a Rookie in AFL. 80 k a year is what Rookies earn, flights included.
Mickey Harte said all along they would do their best to keep him."
That's it in a nutshell. Mickey pulled out all the stops and called in all the favours he could and this job with Keystone is a total favour to Tyrone GAA to keep McShane here. Best of luck to him and great to be able to see him on the field again this year. He was something else last year. There are plenty of rumours doing the rounds of other things that have been given to him to stay along with the job and that Keystone have been promised to be main sponsor of Tyrone next year. As I say pure rumour but wouldn't be too far fetched either as we know the GAA is rife with backhanders all over the country.

TrueBlue35 (Dublin) - Posts: 165 - 07/02/2020 12:24:14    2265927

Link

Replying To TrueBlue35:  "That's it in a nutshell. Mickey pulled out all the stops and called in all the favours he could and this job with Keystone is a total favour to Tyrone GAA to keep McShane here. Best of luck to him and great to be able to see him on the field again this year. He was something else last year. There are plenty of rumours doing the rounds of other things that have been given to him to stay along with the job and that Keystone have been promised to be main sponsor of Tyrone next year. As I say pure rumour but wouldn't be too far fetched either as we know the GAA is rife with backhanders all over the country."
Dry your eyes

mayotyroneman (Tyrone) - Posts: 1751 - 07/02/2020 23:16:16    2266051

Link

Replying To TrueBlue35:  "That's it in a nutshell. Mickey pulled out all the stops and called in all the favours he could and this job with Keystone is a total favour to Tyrone GAA to keep McShane here. Best of luck to him and great to be able to see him on the field again this year. He was something else last year. There are plenty of rumours doing the rounds of other things that have been given to him to stay along with the job and that Keystone have been promised to be main sponsor of Tyrone next year. As I say pure rumour but wouldn't be too far fetched either as we know the GAA is rife with backhanders all over the country."
I saw on another GAA board him being referred to as the first professional GAA player which we know is untrue. I say fair play to Tyrone for finding him employment and making it worth his while to stay. He isnt the first or last to be helped in this way. The championship will be all the better for him in it.

lilylanger (Kildare) - Posts: 427 - 08/02/2020 09:59:39    2266063

Link

Replying To TrueBlue35:  "That's it in a nutshell. Mickey pulled out all the stops and called in all the favours he could and this job with Keystone is a total favour to Tyrone GAA to keep McShane here. Best of luck to him and great to be able to see him on the field again this year. He was something else last year. There are plenty of rumours doing the rounds of other things that have been given to him to stay along with the job and that Keystone have been promised to be main sponsor of Tyrone next year. As I say pure rumour but wouldn't be too far fetched either as we know the GAA is rife with backhanders all over the country."
To be fair to McShane, this has been happening for years, in many counties, lads are employed as "sales men" and the company try to cash in of their profile, i can think of one of our own who has or at least used to have a similar gig.

Banks do it do, in particular i know of very famous footballer - wont name the county as there will be murder on here, who was on huge money, to just go around schools in the country and conferences and the like, for a couple of hours, take a few snaps and head off for training.

There all largely PR gigs really and they are trading of their football, it helps with focusing on the football and that as getting the time to invest in your football is usually part of the gig too.

I dont have a problem with any of that in all honesty, i think if players can develop a comfortable life style from their profile in the game within the current boundaries fair play to them.

Overall its a good news story for Tyrone and the game in general and fair play to Key Stone.

TheUsername (Dublin) - Posts: 3243 - 08/02/2020 10:36:28    2266067

Link

In a team sport when you start to individualise things or reward individuals, it breaks up the team dynamic & causes disharmony.

moc.dna (Galway) - Posts: 957 - 08/02/2020 10:55:15    2266070

Link

Replying To moc.dna:  "In a team sport when you start to individualise things or reward individuals, it breaks up the team dynamic & causes disharmony."
In a team sport, when you lose your best players and can't go and sign any new ones, you lose.

Thomas Clarke (Tyrone) - Posts: 998 - 08/02/2020 12:05:27    2266082

Link

Maybe more good news for Tyrone, with young Connor McKenna reported to be returning to Ireland.


https://www.rte.ie/sport/gaa/2020/0211/1114540-conor-mckennas-afl-future-in-doubt-as-he-flies-home/

TheUsername (Dublin) - Posts: 3243 - 11/02/2020 12:36:06    2267034

Link

Actually just read another article and it sounded as if he is returning home for family reasons, sorry if my previous post was insensitive if that is case, best wishes to Connor and family.

TheUsername (Dublin) - Posts: 3243 - 11/02/2020 12:40:47    2267037

Link