Cats sign Irish recruit

Geelong has signed Oisin Mullin (left) as a category B rookie. (Oisin Mullin/Instagram)

Ash Bolt

Geelong has signed rising Gaelic football star Oisin Mullin as category B rookie.

The 21-year-old has already established himself as one of the premier defenders in Gaelic football with county Mayo.

Mullin has played in the All Ireland final in each of the past two years, and earned GAA All Star selection following his breakout 2020 season.

He was also named the GAA Young Footballer of the Year in 2020, and has again been named a finalist for the award this year.

“Oisin is a very athletic and talented prospect, and we are thrilled he has chosen to join the Cats as he transitions to AFL,” Geelong recruiting and list manager Stephen Wells said.

“Oisin has already established himself as an elite player in the GAA, and it is a big step to make the move to Australia.

“We have a strong plan in place around his development and transition to football.”

Mullin had previously looked likely to make the switch to AFL after a trial two years ago, but it was delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a video shared on Geelong’s social media last week, Mullin said he was excited to make the move to Australia and play with the Cats.

Mullin joins a growing contingent of Irish players at Geelong.

He will be surrounded by recent AFLW recruit Rachel Kearns, who is also from Mayo, Mark O’Connor, who hails from Kerry, and Zach Tuohy, from Laois, at GMHBA Stadium.