Leitrim star Mulligan eyes Dublin club move

Leitrim forward Emlyn Mulligan insists he has no plans to declare for the Dublin footballers despite seeking a club transfer to the St Brigid’s club in Blanchardstown.

And while Mulligan has spoken to Declan Darcy, the last man to captain Leitrim to a Connacht title in 1994, he does not intend on following in the former Aughawillan club man’s footsteps in playing for the Dubs.

Mulligan (25) has filed transfer papers and is now waiting for clearance from his home club, Melvin Gaels, and Leitrim GAA chiefs to make the move to the capital.

The Leitrim attacker led his home club to their first county senior title in 14 years but said the chance to play in “the best championship” in the county was too good an opportunity to turn down.

“It will be tough to move from Melvin Gaels, all my friends and family play for the club, but I moved to Dublin three months ago and I couldn’t make the commitment. It is a five-hour round trip to make it back for training and the finances of it are not possible. Even trying to get back for training ahead of our league final was tough,” said Mulligan, who was outstanding this year with some wonderful displays for Leitrim in the championship.

Mulligan, a garda stationed in Longford, made the move to Blanchardstown along with his girlfriend, who got a job in the area, and after speaking with a few clubs, he decided to follow in Darcy’s footsteps and join St Brigid’s.

“I spoke with Declan and he filled me in on the club. They seem to be a determined squad, they lost in the semi-finals last season and with Gerry McEntee as manager, it was an exciting prospect. When a player like Gerry wants you to play for his team, it is hard to say no.”

While club commitments are not possible back home, Mulligan insists he is not looking for a move away from Leitrim’s inter-county team.

“You’d never know what will happen down the line, but all I want to do now is prepare well for 2013 for Leitrim and my new club.

“Last season was a big boost to football in Leitrim and we are all looking forward to trying to get out of Division Four this year.

“I’m sure there will be disappointment at home in the club, but it is my home club and I have so many friends there. Hopefully sometime I will be able to go back and play there again.”

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