GAA: Exodus to the United States underway for GAA stars

Frank Burns will be one of those making the trip to the United States for the summer
Frank Burns will be one of those making the trip to the United States for the summer

The Tyrone club football scene is experiencing a USA exodus, quite a number of notable players heading to play in America for the summer.

Amongst the biggest names is the Tyrone U21-title winning captain Kieran McGeary, who will swap the hills of Pomeroy for the city of Boston to play for the Connemara Gaels club.

McGeary will be joined by his Pomeroy clubmate Frank Burns, another key member of the victorious u21 county side.

The move will obviously rule out any potential call-up to the senior Tyrone panel for McGeary and Burns, who were both understood to be pretty high up on manager Mickey Harte’s radar.

Derrylaughan pair Shea Coney and Conor McCabe are also due to move to the Boston Club, with their transfers sanctioned by the County Board over a week ago.

Another big name making the move stateside is Dwayne Quinn. The Clonoe O’Rahillys man opted to walk away from Harte’s panel just prior to the Ulster Champinship after making his senior inter-county debut in the McKenna Cup in January. And he has been a stand out performer in the heart of the Rahilly’s defence so far this season.

Quinn will move to the Ulster club in San Francisco, a club popular with players from the north.

Fellow Clonoe player Daryl Magee will go to the Kevin Barrys club in Philedelphia, while rumours are speculating the McNultys, Danny and Stephen, and Declan McClure departing as well, in a mass exodus that would severely damage the drive for a league title in the wake of their disappointing championship exit at the hands of arch-derby rivals Coalisland Fianna.

Among the other moves sanctioned are Moortown’s Colm Spiers and Newtownstewart pair Niall and Ryan Mayse, who will go over to play for the Philedelphia Kevin Barrys.

Eglish’s Matthew Jones is heading west as it is expected that he’ll join the Yound Irelanders club in San Fransisco and, with the transer window open for another month, more will surely follow.