Mulligan: GAA medals won't pay the bills

January 07, 2020

Tyrone's Cathal McShane. ©INPHO/Laszlo Geczo.

Owen Mulligan says a switch to the AFL could give Cathal McShane “a great head start in life”.

Speculation is rife that Tyrone’s brilliant All Star attacker is set for a switch Down Under and former Red Hands ace Mulligan would support his fellow countyman if he moved to the professional game:

“The GAA is a great community, and winning All Ireland medals minor, U21, senior and All Stars for your county is your ultimate gold. McShane has ticked a few of these boxes already at such an early age,” he writes in his Paddy Power column. “My father once said to me ‘no matter how many medals and awards you’ve won, they’ll not buy the grocery in Asda’.

“The financial gain from signing a two-year contract with the option of an extension would give any lad and his family a great head start in life.

“McShane has a massive decision to make: either go to the AFL and become the success stories that [Mickey] Harte didn’t mention in his interview while just slating all the recruiters … or he can stay and play for Tyrone and push for that All-Ireland the fans and county want back. When you think of it, it’s not a bad headache to have in January.”

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