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Oisín Mullin is expected to join AFL club Geelong on a two-year contract as an international rookie.
The news will be a blow to Mayo as they run out of pieces picking up consecutive final defeats for all of Ireland to Dublin and Tyrone.
There were local hopes that the continued pursuit of an elusive All-Ireland title could throw him off the pro ranks.
But the collectives County fears that the 21-year-old Kilmaine man might be lost to professional sport appear to be being held, and he is expected to leave later this month.
Mullin, a student at NUIG, is one of the most dynamic young defenders in the game and has seen Mayo lead for the next decade since his impressive debut season last year.
The 42ndie first covered Mullins upcoming move, which the club is now expected to confirm his signing in the coming days.
Geelong already has Zac Tuohy and Mark O’Connor on their books, while Stefan Okunbor just recently returned home. </ Mullin's likely move will be as significant a loss as any district has seen as he is already an established senior player.
Only Kerry’s Tommy Walsh in 2009 and Cork’s Ciaran Sheehan four years later are in this one Comparable in terms of the fact that they had already won All-Ireland medals. Colin O’Riordan was also formed at Tipperary when he left for Sydney Swans.
Mullin has been haunted by AFL clubs for some time after being shortlisted with three other young GAA players to play in the April 2020 to travel to Australia for a two-week trial that was canceled due to Covid.
At this point, he was already embedding himself impressively with Mayo, who was entrusted with man-marking jobs in the league with Kerrys David Clifford and Monaghans Conor McManus .
The 21-year-old added to his reputation with his performance in last year’s All Ireland final against Dublin when he led the quick comeback after conceding an early 14-second goal at Dean Rock.
He won an Allstar and was also named Young Footballer of the Year in 2020, an honor for which he will be back this year.
That year he was in flying form at the Connacht Championship, but sustained a quad injury to, which got him out of All-Ireland’s semi-final win against Dublin. He recovered for the final against Tyrone, however.
Geelong will have been drawn in by his athleticism and maturity, which they hope can help him adapt to a different code quickly.
Him will be the third Inter-County player to sign for an AFL club in the past few weeks, after Ultan Kelm from Fermanagh, who also came to visit about 19 months ago and reached an agreement with Freemantle.
Mullin will be the fourth Mayo player to sign for an AFL club, after Pearse Hanley, who built a successful career with the Brisbane Lions, his brother Cian, who also went to Brisbane, and Colm McManamon, who in the early 1990s Has been in Geelong’s books for years.
Mullins club Kilmaine is preparing for a Mayo semi-final against Mayo Gaels on Saturday, with a possible final scheduled two weeks later.
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