Offaly have acquired the services of Kilmacud Crokes forward Shane Horan ahead of their 2019 campaign just a week after manager John Maughan spoke of the lack of players making themselves available.
Horan will remain with Kilmacud Crokes having played a significant role in their run to the Leinster final in 2018 scoring five goals in the Dublin championship before Crokes were dramatically beaten by Mullinalaghta in the Leinster final.
News of Horan’s transfer will come as a huge boost for John Maughan after he admitted last week to the culture shock of working with lower-division counties.
Maughan claimed the ethos towards inter-county football was totally different from his native Mayo.
“It’s totally different with teams in the upper division as regards the whole ethos of inter-county football,” Maughan told the Independent.
“There are a lot of guys I asked to play and for a combination of reasons they haven’t got the desire, commitment or the passion or time to commit to inter-county football at this level. That’s not the situation when you’re talking about the Mayos or Dublins or Kerrys, Tyrones, Donegals.
“I have a very good backroom team, top-class. They’re excellent lads, they know their football, what has to be done inside and out.
“But for those four or five or six or seven or eight other guys that I asked to get involved that couldn’t commit – that wouldn’t happen down in Mayo.”
Horan was ineligible to play prior to January 1 and only trained with Maughan’s Offaly squad for the first time on Wednesday night meaning he could be in line to make his debut against Carlow in the O’Byrne Cup tomorrow.