Pat Spillane Jr has officially joined the Sligo footballers after his transfer to the county was approved by the GAA.

The Kerry man was linked with the Sligo team prior to the start of the Connacht League. He qualifies to play for the county under the parentage rule as his mother hails from the Yeats County.

The Yeats County have overhauled their panel this season in what is Tony McEntee's second campaign. They begin Division 4 later this month away to Wexford.

Spillane plays his club football for St Jude’s in Dublin.

A Sligo GAA statement read: "Sligo County Board can confirm that Pat Spillane has joined with the county’s senior football panel following the approval by the Competition Controls Committee of the GAA of his request to field with the county of his mother."

Sligo have had a miserable time in football in recent seasons but have a more favourable draw in Connacht this year.

They play New York in a quarter-final, where Spillane, son of the Kerry legend Pat could make his Championship debut, before a potential semi-final clash with Roscommon for a place in the final.