Leitrim Forum

Player exodus

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Saw an article in the Independent at the end of last week reporting that more players will be joining Gary McCloskey and Shane Canning abroad. Anyone know who these lads are? Also, are the two lads gonna come back and play for Leitrim next year? London have the Ros too so maybe they'll join the Exiles!


Tiger (Leitrim) - Posts: 204 - 23/11/2009 13:21:53    491660


Well gilmartin and o'flynn are gone anyway. Heard rumours about other players transferring to other counties.

ball girl (Leitrim) - Posts: 194 - 23/11/2009 14:18:21    491732


Ronan Gallagher gone from Mohill to Scotland

bananapublican (Leitrim) - Posts: 868 - 23/11/2009 16:05:51    491853


Anyone from St Marys gone?

smokinjoe (Leitrim) - Posts: 126 - 23/11/2009 17:01:32    491937


I here dromahair have a few players returning from over seas for the next years senior, conor kelly and niall cureen will be a great boost for them, great to see players returning,

clubpainter (Leitrim) - Posts: 25 - 24/11/2009 09:37:31    492507


dromahair abu

kellynewyork (Leitrim) - Posts: 11 - 26/11/2009 22:25:46    495554


Saw a few St Marys players taking the boat the other day, rest assured mind, they were only going to Pairc Sean.

bananapublican (Leitrim) - Posts: 868 - 26/11/2009 23:08:43    495620


all the glencar-manorhamilton boys are staying as far as i know. great year for the club

LovelyCounty (Leitrim) - Posts: 69 - 26/11/2009 23:18:16    495629


So Pat Gilmartin, Adrian O'Flynn and Ronan Gallagher are away; that'll deplete our panel even further.

Anyone know the latest on McCloskey and Canning? Are M&M going to have to search for a new midfield pairing? Are we going to face the two of them when we play London in the National League?!?

Tiger (Leitrim) - Posts: 204 - 16/12/2009 12:56:59    515355


The players who were on the championship panel last year and are not available this year are:
Gary McCloskey
Shane Canning
Pat Gilmartin
Adrian O'Flynn
Noel Doonan
Noel Gill
Ronan Gallagher (Not sure if he was on the championship panel though!! May be wrong!)
Darren Duignan

A fairly depleted looking panel for this year!!!

chippy (Leitrim) - Posts: 37 - 16/12/2009 21:44:16    516014


noel gill???/

1nightstand (Leitrim) - Posts: 77 - 17/12/2009 13:13:32    516436


i agree....good sources tell me noel gill will definately be available

SLM (Leitrim) - Posts: 199 - 17/12/2009 18:11:51    516668


Leitrim could suffer from a big exodus again, since teams like ballinamore have been relegated and the GAA was probably the only thing keeping a lot of lads around

leitrimlad94 (Leitrim) - Posts: 156 - 17/10/2012 14:10:14    1284412


Plenty of ball to be played in London New York Sydney Perth and even in clubs around Dublin

So I can't see lads wanting to be in Leitrim to do nothing all day live on nothing and play football at such a low level that senior is classed as junior in other counties with the exemption of probably 3 or 4 clubs

Manor melvin Mary's and joint 4th being mohill/ gortletteragh

Also a big problem at home is there is a lack of respect for players via the people in charge of a club
For instance players being begged to stick around after disastrous championship teams were put out
And earlier in the year in some cases players weren't allowed out on the field or even jerseys

So it's hypocritical in one sense to expect lads in certain club to stick around while they can further their career both work and football to a level they will never see in Leitrim

94allstar (Leitrim) - Posts: 1737 - 17/10/2012 17:47:47    1284563


Thank you 94allstar for saying pretty much the same thing as me but just elaborating a bit on it. Unless Leitrim can get out of division 4, there's gonna be some county players gone too.

leitrimlad94 (Leitrim) - Posts: 156 - 17/10/2012 18:10:10    1284580


For instance I know of 1 player who was offered a lucrative career in work and football abroad and his club begged him to stick around

For what?

94allstar (Leitrim) - Posts: 1737 - 17/10/2012 19:03:26    1284615


not really the type of news you want to be hearing, we want to be able to try and keep these lads in Leitrim but like you said if there is no work at home fellas have to look out for number 1. At the end of the day players have mortgages to pay, mouths to feed. Sure clubs will do their best to try and find you work but when you have bills to pay that's on the individual. As an expat myself I can empathise with these lads, I know a few lads who are married and had to move over to the UK. They travel home on Friday night and spend the weekend with their families before flying back out Sunday night or early Monday morning. When I hear how much Executives in the GAA earn it makes my blood boil. The players are the one's putting in all the effort and yet they get nothing in return expect a measly travel allowance which barely covers the cost of petrol. Take Philly McGuinness (lord rest him), he travelled over and back from Balmullet twice/three times a week for training and matches. Probably a 5 or 6 hour round trip, yet he done it for the love of the game, players like that should be compensated for the time and effort they put into representing their county not the so called 'top brass' of the GAA who lick their lips at the thought of a sell out crowd in croke park.

irishexpat30 (Leitrim) - Posts: 69 - 17/10/2012 19:50:24    1284648


Name? It is a thought especially at this time of the year. But I think the ship has sailed so to speak for the lads heading to australia. The austalian economy is starting to stall especially on the back of export market decrease from their biggest trading partners china. Add to that the negative irish image that is now in place among the locals its all leading to jobs not being as plentiful and glamorous as even a year or so ago. There are still jobs in ireland sick of hearing lads giving out about no jobs. They need to get out of their comfort zone and actually start looking for jobs instead of harping on about emigrating while expecting co boards to be able to find them work in LEITRIM.

fresherman (Leitrim) - Posts: 218 - 17/10/2012 19:55:54    1284652