Monday 23 September 2019

Sydney Giants coach reveals he sent his son over to Mayo to scout Cora Staunton in a club game

Cora Staunton will join the Giants. Picture: Supplied
Cora Staunton will join the Giants. Picture: Supplied

Cora Staunton today began life with the Sydney Giants in the AFLW, swapping a Gaelic football for an oval ball.

The 34-year-old has signed a one-season contract to play in the up-and-coming league, and although she is over in Sydney now being put through her paces, Staunton will travel home to play with her club Carnacon in the Connacht final on Sunday week.

Staunton will then return to Australia for the start of the season, and interestingly, Sydney Giants coach Al McConnell has revealed that he went to great lengths to evaluate the Mayo legend's talent.

McConnell told RTE that he dispatched his son from London to Mayo to watch Staunton in a club game, and was impressed enough to open discussions on a move into the professional game.

Staunton has won four All-Irelands and ten All Stars in an illustrious inter-county career.

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