Ciaran Sheehan has been released by Aussie Rules side Carlton.
Sheehan signed with the Australian club in 2014 but has made only six appearances in the AFL since. His lack of involvement with Carlton’s first team and subsequent release can be put down mainly to injury woes.
Andrew McKay, the club’s head of football, released a statement on the matter which read:
“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.
“It’s always a difficult time of year for our departing players, and we thank them for their contribution to both our AFL and VFL teams and wish them all the best for their future endeavours.”
Sheehan, who was a part of Cork’s 2010 All-Ireland winning team, did line out a number of times for Carlton’s Victorian League affiliate Northern Blues.
At this moment it remains unclear whether the news that he will not be having his contract extended will mean a return home for the former Rebels’ footballer. The Éire-Óg clubman may indeed now be on the radar of incoming Cork senior football manager Ronan McCarthy for 2018.
Of course, the transition from living in Ireland to Australia and is a big life decision for the 26-year-old to make and he will surely plot carefully before making his next move, be that Down Under or in a return to GAA in Cork.