All-Ireland winner Ciarán Sheehan released by AFL outfit Carlton after series of injuries

All-Ireland winner Ciarán Sheehan released by AFL outfit Carlton after series of injuries
Tommy Griffin, Kerry, looking to block Ciarán Sheehan in Killarney. Picture: Dan Linehan

ALL-IRELAND winning Cork footballer Ciarán Sheehan is not being retained by AFL team Carlton.

The talented Ovens native excelled as a young gun when Cork lifted the Sam Maguire back in 2010 but switched to Aussie Rules at the end of 2013. He had previously been on trail with the Carlton club in 2009 but decided to stick with the GAA at the time. 

Unfortunately for Cork fans, he made the switch to Australia after shining for Ireland in the 2013 Compromise Rules series. However, Sheehan, who was a dual Cork minor and when he headed Down Under was being wooed by Jimmy Barry-Murphy to line out for the Rebel hurlers, hasn't been able to make a mark in Australia.

It certainly wasn't from lack of natural ability. Sheehan suffered through a serious of injuries and managed just six AFL fixtures for Carlton – though he also played for Carlton’s Victorian League affiliate, Northern Blues for a spell.

Ciarán Sheehan, supported by Pearse O'Neill wins possession ahead of Mike McCarthy and Seamus Scanlon, Kerry. Picture: Diarmuid Greene/SPORTSFILE
Ciarán Sheehan, supported by Pearse O'Neill wins possession ahead of Mike McCarthy and Seamus Scanlon, Kerry. Picture: Diarmuid Greene/SPORTSFILE

“Ciaran had an unfortunate string of injuries but showed terrific resilience his time at the club. He made the most of his opportunities and we will miss his humility and determination,” Carlton’s head of football Andrew McKay said in a statement.

Ciarán Sheehan celebrates his debut game with his mum in 2014. Picture: Michael Dodge/Getty Images
Ciarán Sheehan celebrates his debut game with his mum in 2014. Picture: Michael Dodge/Getty Images

Sheehan, who doesn't turn 27 until December, would be welcomed back by his club with open arms and no doubt immediately come on the radar of new Cork managers Ronan McCarthy and John Meyler.

Ciarán Sheehan shoots from Carrigaline's James O'Shea at U14 level back in 2004. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Ciarán Sheehan shoots from Carrigaline's James O'Shea at U14 level back in 2004. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

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