Connacht Football Champions Moycullen have made a major addition to their ranks with Galway Bay FM reporting that former Offaly football captain Johnny Moloney has signed for the club after moving from his native Offaly down to Galway.
Moloney had formerly captained the Offaly senior football team before stepping away from the inter-county scene, before his departure Moloney had looked in flying form for the Faithful county, being a standout player for Offaly in their Tailteann Cup semi-final last year.
Despite his inter-county departure, Moloney remained a vital cog in Tullamore GAA's endeavours. Moloney lined out for the side just last season in the county final where they lost out to local rivals Rhode. A player of Moloney's experience and calibre will undoubtedly be a crushing blow to Tullamore and their hopes for the upcoming season.
FOOTBALL: Former Offaly captain Johnny Moloney's transfer to Galway county champions Maigh Cuilinn is complete.
Recently retired from inter-county, the Tullamore native has been living in Galway and will be involved in this year’s senior club championship #gbfmsports pic.twitter.com/JsFGTNtGGH
— Galway Bay FM Sport (@gbfmsports) April 12, 2023
Moloney's move from Offaly comes at a time when high-profile transfers are under the utmost scrutiny. Moloney now joins a growing number of inter-county stars moving from their home clubs to bigger more dominant sides across the country. Just last season Galway's Shane Walsh came under fire for his move from Galway to Dublin club giants Kilamcud Crokes.
Moycullen are the current Galway and Connacht senior football champions and Offaly's Moloney will be joining some of Galway's finest at the club as he lines out alongside the likes of Galway captain Sean Kelly and Peter Cooke. His addition bound to make Moycullen a force to be reckoned with out west once again this year.
The host of moves appears predominantly driven by the huge commitment required to commute from Ireland's cities back to local clubs as the game becomes evermore advanced. However, these major additions could end up coming at a steep cost for local clubs who have spent countless hours developing these players.
In Moloney's case, this seems to be very much a move made on the back of a change in his personal circumstances, as evidenced by his departure from the Offaly panel.
Tullamore's loss will very much be Moycullen's gain.
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