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AFL clubs fight to ‘woo’ Gaelic football star McShane

The Crows can still sign McShane as a Category B rookie for this season.

‘‘We’re looking forward to Cathal joining our pre-season training program and getting to know him a bit better,’’ Crows list manager Justin Reid said.

‘‘He has the physical attributes, coming in at a touch over 190 centimetres. He’s also strong in the air and can kick on both feet.

‘‘Once he lands in Adelaide, it’ll provide the opportunity to understand more about our club, our philosophies and what our program looks like.’’

On Sunday, Tyrone manager Mickey Harte confirmed that McShane is considering a move Down Under.

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‘‘He [McShane] has been wooed by some people in the AFL,’’ Harte told the BBC.

‘‘I think he’s gone out there for a few days to see what that might be like.

‘‘There has been no final decision yet on whether he’s going to go or whether he will stay with us but, at the moment, he’s certainly considering that move.’’

Harte is still hoping McShane commits his future to Tyrone but will wish him the best if he decides to make the move to Australia.

A vocal critic of the Gaelic Athletic Association’s (GAA) relationship with the AFL, Harte also hit out at former Gaelic footballers who are acting as intermediaries for players’ moves to Australia.

‘‘I’ve not been a fan of the engagement we’ve had with the AFL over many, many years now,’’ he said.

‘‘In the past, we had unknown Australians trying to woo our players out to the AFL league. Now we’ve got ex-Gaelic players doing it, which really saddens me.

‘‘We’ve got recruits for the AFL within our own ranks of the GAA, and that’s sad.’’

AAP

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