Thursday 26 April 2018

Former Tyrone star Mulligan eligible for shock return with London

Former Tyrone star Owen Mulligan. Photo: Oliver McVeigh / Sportsfile
Former Tyrone star Owen Mulligan. Photo: Oliver McVeigh / Sportsfile

Michael Verney

Owen Mulligan could be set for a shock inter-county return with London after the former Tyrone star became eligible for London following a brief appearance in a club hurling game for Fulham Irish on Sunday.

After moving to the English capital earlier this year for work reasons, the three-time All-Ireland winner linked up with the Fulham side and made a surprise appearance in their London IHC loss to Granuaile.

Mulligan's cameo evoked memories of Seanie Johnston's much publicised Kildare SHC appearance with Coill Dubh in 2012, when he lined out for less than a minute to be eligible to play with the Lilies.

Mulligan's appearance means he could now for play for Ciarán Deely's London side in their Connacht SFC opener with Leitrim on May 28, which coincides with the official reopening of Ruislip after major redevelopments.

The Cookstown native, an All-Star in 2005, may stake his place for inclusion in Deely's squad in the coming weeks and despite not featuring for Tyrone in recent years, the 35-year-old would provide huge experience if he did turn out for the Exiles.

Elsewhere, former Tipperary hurling captain Shane McGrath has pleaded for "common sense" to prevail regarding Jason Forde's "absolutely ridiculous" proposed two-game ban for his clash with Wexford boss Davy Fitzgerald. McGrath believes the Silvermines midfielder could lose out on a championship slot for the entire summer if his appeal fails and called for leniency.

Irish Independent

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