CORK 2010 All-Ireland winner Ciarán Sheehan has been called into the Ireland International Rules squad for Saturday’s second test in Perth.
Joe Kernan has confirmed Sheehan along with Monaghan’s Darren Hughes will link up with the group as the visitors aim to overcome a 10-point deficit from the first test to claim the series.
As previously reported, Hughes replaces hand injury victim Pearce Hanley while Éire Óg man Sheehan, who recently left Carlton after three seasons, will be in the match-day squad should Niall Murphy or Enda Smith, who were both struck down with a virus before the first test, are unable to play.
The future intentions of Sheehan, who turns 27 on Sunday, are unclear but he has previous International Rules experiences from 2013. “We have invited Ciarán up from Melbourne to train with the panel too and given his insights to their game I am sure he will add something to our preparations and range of options,” said Kernan.
Murphy and Smith were scheduled to train today and a decision on their involvement will be made over the next 48 hours. Apart from strains, bumps and bruises, Ireland should be able to call on the 20 players who finished the first test.