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Ulster football stars head to America after Championship exits

Armaghs Jarlath Og Burns in action with Cavans Jason Mc Loughlin in Sundays Ulster Football Semi Final game at Clones Picture Seamus Loughran Sun 2nd /June /2019
By Padraig Kelly

ARMAGH midfielder Jarly Óg Burns is one of a number of Ulster players who will be heading to America to play football this summer.

The Silverbridge man, who had a superb debut season for his county, will be linking up with Chicago outfit John McBride’s along with Orchard teammate and Cullyhanna man Jason Duffy.

Aughnamullen’s Mícheál Bannigan, who started for Monaghan in last month’s Qualifier loss to Armagh, will link up with the Galway club in Boston while fellow Farney forward Stephen O’Hanlon will also be in the city with Aidan McAnespie’s. Carrickmacross must also make do without former county player Stephen Gollogly who will play with the Wolfe Tones club in the Massachusetts city.

Also heading to Boston and McAnespie’s is Carryduff’s Daniel Guinness who started all three of Down’s Championship games this season against Armagh, Tipperary and Mayo.

Other notable players on the move are former Tyrone forward Mark Bradley (Donegal, Boston) and Mourne county attacker Barry O’Hagan (Parnell’s, Chicago).

The rules on American sanctions have been tightened in recent years with the last approval date brought forward from July 20 to July 1 while at the 2017 Congress, a motion from the USGAA passed ensuring that players could not depart until after their team had exited the Championship having previously been able to leave after a provincial loss.

Players who have represented their county in the 2019 Championship also require special visas, although this does not apply to New York GAA.

In domestic matters, Tomas Corrigan’s transfer back to home club Kinawley has been completed.

The player, who spent the first few months of the year travelling in South America, had made the switch to Dublin outfit Oliver Plunkett’s in late 2015 due to work commitments.

Corrigan had been living in Dublin whilst studying to become a solicitor but is now back in Fermanagh and will be able to return to club action with the Brian Borus.

Elsewhere, Caolan Mooney’s transfer from Rostrevor to London club Neasden Gaels has also been confirmed in the last few days.

Mooney will join up with Down teammate Connaire Harrison and Armagh attacker Jamie Clarke, who had already completed their transfers from Glasdrumman and Crossmaglen respectively.

While that is a huge blow for the south Armagh club as they try to retain their county title, they have had a significant addition this season with the arrival of Carlow defender Chris Crowley who lives in the village.

Crowley was a regular starter for Turlough O’Brien in recent seasons although he only made one appearance in this year’s Championship, coming off the bench in the Leinster loss to Meath.

Rangers also received a boost last Friday when Aaron Kernan made his return against Silverbridge having broken his arm in the return fixture at the start of May.

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