Rising Kerry football star Mark O'Connor has announced his decision to move to Australia to take up an international rookie contract with AFL club Geelong.
O'Connor, who has been an integral part of the Kerry minor team over the last three seasons, confirmed the move while speaking to An Saol ó Dheas on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta.
The Kerry and Dingle footballer revealed that five Australian clubs had been vying for his signature but that Geelong won the race due to it's similarity to Dingle.
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“I’ve made the decision to go to Geelong," he said. "It’s a very quiet place, like Dingle, and I was very comfortable there. I was really taken with Geelong, when I went in there everyone was very friendly, and I felt at home there."
O'Connor hopes to make the move in the next month and while he admits that it's hard to leave Kerry football behind, he insists it's the right move for him.
"I want to go over as soon as possible. The other players won’t be coming until the end of the month, so I’ll have a few weeks on my own to work on my skills.
“It will be a different challenge, I’ve been playing football since I was 6 or 7. It’s attractive to stay here too, that’s why the decision was so hard. I want a different experience, and maybe a little bit of travelling, I suppose I was looking for something different."