Friday 24 May 2019

Rowe: More Irish will join Aussie code

Mayo star Sarah Rowe. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
Mayo star Sarah Rowe. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Ladies Gaelic football may lose more players long-term to the burgeoning Aussie Rules league, given its expansion and new offers of two-year contracts, according to Mayo star Sarah Rowe.

Rowe was one of five Irish players who lined out in the professional women's AFL this year in its third season. She's returned home since and will line out for Mayo this summer before going back to play in the 2020 WAFL next winter.

Four more clubs are joining the WAFL next year to offer more contracts and a longer season. And with clubs now starting to offer two-year contracts, Rowe says more Irish players will go Down Under and possibly combine it with their county careers.

She has revealed that she was offered a two-year contract with Collingwood but refused to sign one because of her commitment to Mayo.

"If you sign a two-year contract they could say, 'Well we need you (longer), to play in the VPL'. Technically, they have full control of you."

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