Kerry have lost another promising young player to the lure of professional sport as Munster U-20 Player of the Year, Stefan Okunbor, has joined the Geelong Cats on a two-year rookie contract, as reported in The Irish Examiner.
Okunbor will join up with former Kerry minor footballer Mark O’Connor who has already impressed at Geelong after joining on a category B rookie contract in October 2016 and he made his senior debut for the club last season.
Okunbor will hope to follow in O’Connor’s footsteps but it will be a blow to the county as the highly-rated youngster had been tipped for a big future representing the county.
Okunbor plays for the Na Gaeil club in Tralee where he contributed to the team reaching promotion to Division 1 of the County League and also to the County Junior Club final. He won an All Ireland minor medal with Kerry in 2016 and has since played a major part in the county’s U-20 side.
“We wish to confirm that Stefan Okunbor has signed for AFL Club Geelong on a two-year contract,” Na Gaeil confirmed.
“Stefan has been one of the stars of our senior team over the past few years as well as an underage star for the club all the way up the various age groups. He was exemplary both on and off the field and a role model for all in the club. While we are very sad to be losing such an outstanding talent we wish Stefan all the best from all in the Na Gaeil Club. We hope he makes it in the AFL but if he decides to return at any stage, the club will welcome him back with open arms.
“He has been shining light in our club and while his team mates will miss him on and off the pitch, he is embarking on an exciting adventure in professional sport and he carries all our best wishes and we are sure the good wishes of all in Kerry GAA.”