Mayo GAA have confirmed this evening that two-time Young Footballer of the Year Oisin Mullin will be staying put in Ireland.
The Kilmaine clubman was set to join AFL side Geelong as an international rookie after putting pen to paper with the Cats on a two-year contract back in November.
But 21-year-old Mullin has changed his plans and instead will be linking up with James Horan's squad ahead of the upcoming Allianz Football League campaign.
"Going to Australia to play professionally was a really interesting opportunity and it was something I wanted to research and consider in detail," Mullin said in the statement.
"It was a big decision for me as playing for Mayo with my friends is a huge honour and something I love doing, so I wanted to take the time to consider all aspects of it. After some careful thinking and a lot of support from family, I have decided to stay in Ireland and I am really excited about joining up with the Mayo Senior Football panel as soon as possible.
"I am grateful to everyone who helped me during the process. I especially want to send my appreciation to everyone at Geelong Football Club. I want to thank them for their understanding and wish them every success for the future."
Mullin's U-turn represents a huge boost to the westerners going forward.
Horan commented: "I am delighted he will be part of the Mayo senior football panel this year. Oisin is a fantastic guy, a leader, and adds so much to the setup. There is a great spirit in the current squad and all the players are delighted to be back up and running. Our first game is now only a few weeks away and we as a team are really looking forward to the year ahead."Tweet