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'I don't think they understood what I was giving up back here. I grew up dreaming of playing with Tyrone'

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Green grass of home: Cathal McShane, pictured near his home in County Tyrone, had cut short his Australian adventure with AFL side Adelaide Crows to return to action for the Red Hand. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Green grass of home: Cathal McShane, pictured near his home in County Tyrone, had cut short his Australian adventure with AFL side Adelaide Crows to return to action for the Red Hand. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

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Green grass of home: Cathal McShane, pictured near his home in County Tyrone, had cut short his Australian adventure with AFL side Adelaide Crows to return to action for the Red Hand. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

A penny for Cathal McShane's thoughts at the moment he buried his face in the mealy February turf in Tuam Stadium and writhed in agony.

The previous couple of months had been traumatic. But with the will-he, won't-he saga of his touted move to Australia finally behind him, McShane was looking forward to picking up where he left off in 2019, in All-Star-winning form.

Then his ankle crumpled underneath him, a complete dislocation and at that moment his season lay in tatters.