There was big news from Down Under over night as the Adelaide Crows of the AFL confirmed that Tyrone's Cathal McShane would not be joining them after all.
McShane - one of the best forwards in gaelic football - travelled to Australia in January to take part in a 10-day trial with the Adelaide side. His potential move had sparked more debate about Aussie Rules teams poaching GAA players, with coach Mickey Harte being especially critical of the mooted move. In the end, McShane opted to stay in Ireland.
Gaelic footballer Cathal McShane has decided to remain in Ireland and not pursue an AFL career
— Adelaide Crows (@Adelaide_FC) February 5, 2020
Crows General Manager List Management and Strategy Justin Reid discussed McShane's decision on the Crows website last night:
“It is a big decision to relocate to the other side of the world and pursue a professional career in a different sport,” Reid said.
“Ultimately, this was not something that Cathal was ready for and we wish him the very best in his endeavours both on and off the field.
“We will continue to look for opportunities to bring talent into our Club.”
We wonder will we see McShane in white for Kerry's visit to Omagh this weekend. There has been a massive void in the Tyrone attack this year without McShane. With this news, Harte can begin to plot a challenge to Dublin.