Ciaran Sheehan is looking forward to a “new chapter” as he says goodbye to life as a professional athlete.
The Cork native has confirmed on Twitter that he has called time on his playing days as an Australian Rules footballer. While this announcement will be sure to spring to the attention of those in Cork GAA circles, particularly incoming football boss Ronan McCarthy, Sheehan’s next move remains to be seen.
What an amazing experience these last 4 years have been! Thanks very much to @carltonfc and @northernbluesfc for giving me this opportunity! Great to experience being a professional athlete..didn’t get to where I wanted to go this time but thanks for all the support👍 #newchapter pic.twitter.com/o17D1rxE7b
— Ciaran Sheehan (@Gussyman90) December 17, 2017
Sheehan was released by Carlton FC back in October having signed for the club in 2013 after the club’s head of football, Andrew McCay released a statement which read very much in accord with the point that the player himself made in the above tweet, citing injuries as a major influence on the Éire-Óg clubman’s failure to reach his potential Down Under.
“Ciaran had an unfortunate string of injuries but showed terrific resilience his time at the club.
“He made the most of his opportunities and we will miss his humility and determination,” McCay said.
Sheehan had a rotten string of luck with injuries throughout his time in Oz but consistently gave it his all to reach the highest level. While he also lined out for Carlton’s Victorian League affiliate Northern Blues, he openly admitted that he unfortunately never “got where he wanted to go” in the game.
With the 2010 All-Ireland winner set to evaluate his options at this point, it remains unclear whether a return home to Ireland will be on the cards or whether Sheehan intends to stay on in Australia with his fiancé, who he recently got engaged to.
One thing for certain is that at 27-years-old, an injury-free Sheehan would provide more than a welcome boost to the Cork football setup for 2018 should he seek to rejoin the Rebels, especially given the fact he now has four years of professional training under his belt.
Whether such a move will materialise or not, time will tell.