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Positive boost as Spillane gets all clear to join Sligo

Has already started training with the Yeats men


Pat Spillane has joined Sligo. Pic: Ray McManus/Sportsfile.

Pat Spillane has joined Sligo. Pic: Ray McManus/Sportsfile.

Pat Spillane has joined Sligo. Pic: Ray McManus/Sportsfile.


SLIGO GAA have announced that Pat Spillane has joined the county’s Senior footballers after he has received clearance from Croke Park.

Son of Kerry legend Pat Spillane Snr, the 23 year old, whose mother hails from Sligo, will be available to Tony McEntee’s side with the Allianz national league starting at the end of the month.

He has already begun training with Dublin-based Sligo players.

Sligo GAA said; “Sligo County Board can confirm that Pat Spillane has joined with the county’s senior football panel following the approval by the Competition Controls Committee of the GAA of his request to field with the county of his mother.

“Spillane (23), who is resident in Dublin where he plays for the St Jude’s club in Templeogue has begun training with Sligo’s Dublin based players and will participate in preparations for the forthcoming National League campaign which throws in on Sunday week next when Sligo travel to Wexford.”

Spillane caught the eye recently with his performances for St Jude’s as they made a senior county final, narrowly losing to Kilmacud Crokes in November.

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Spillane qualifies through his mother Rosarii who is a native of Sligo and would not be required to move clubs to be eligible.

He was part of the Templenoe team that won the 2020 Kerry and Munster Intermediate championship, coming on as a sub in their subsequent All-Ireland semi-final loss to Oughterard of Galway.

It is for his performances with Jude’s, however, that he has attracted recent attention.

Lining out in midfield, Spillane scored 0-3 in their Dublin SFC semi-final win over Lucan Sarsfields, a victory that put the Templeogue club in just their third senior county final.

Tom Lahiff, Jude’s captain and a Dublin senior panellist, hailed his influence on the team, insisting, “Pat’s just been a revelation this year in midfield.”

Sligo travel to Wexford in their opening Allianz league match with 2 home games then with Carlow and Cavan as McEntee’s side look to begin their campaign brightly.