Dublin club transfers; has it gone too far?

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Credit: St Vincents GAA

A Sligo man, a Mayo man, a Westmeath man, a Galway man and eleven Dubs.

No, that’s not the make-up of the All-Star team, it’s the counties that will be represented by St Vincent’s senior footballers this season.

The Marino outfit have just announced the transfers of three inter-county players to join their panel for 2016. Mayo forward Enda Varley, Westmeath attacker Lorcan Smyth and Fiachra Breathnach of Galway have all transferred in joining Sligo man Brendan Egan.

Not that Vincent’s are struggling for numbers or anything they already boast Dublin seniors Diarmuid Connolly, Ger Brennan, Shane Carthy and Mossy Quinn, in fact they’re one of the powerhouses of Dublin Football winning the 2013 and 14 senior championships as well as the 2014 All Ireland Club.

They were then toppled by Ballyboden St Enda’s in last year’s final.

Vincent’s aren’t alone in the trend of importing top talent to Dublin as Ballyboden will have Donegal keeper Paul Durkan and Leitrim forward Fergal Clancy in their ranks when they take on Castlebar Mitchell’s in the All Ireland Club final on St Patrick’s day.

With inter-county stars flying into Dublin right left and centre most top contenders have attracted at least one ‘foreigner.’

By far the worst offenders have been Parnell’s in Coolock who at one point boasted eight inter county footballers from outside Dublin. Parnell’s went one step further than most clubs though, sponsoring the Trinity College GAA club and in the process enticing graduates to join the club once they graduated and moved to Dublin for work.

Parnell’s attempt to try ‘buy’ their way to a championship hasn’t paid off with no recent successes. At one point in 2014 Dublin captain Stephen Cluxton refused to line out for the senior team for a period in protest at the mercenary ethos of the club.

Fermanagh forward Tomas Corrigan who transferred to St Oliver Plunkett’s/ Eoghan Ruadh earlier this year expects “more and more transfers in the next years” due to the amount of jobs available in Dublin.

Niall Connolly

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