Club transfers are a touchy subject in GAA circles as an association built around ‘one life, one club’ don’t appreciate players leaving their home-town teams.
However, with the way life works, if somebody from a rural part of the country finds themselves living and working in a city like Dublin, there is very little begrudging them a chance to play club football in their new homes.
Where there can be a bit more begrudging, however, is when a player moves to a club within his own county.
That is the case with Mayo’s Donal Vaughan who has had his move from his home club of Ballinrobe to county champions Castlebar Mitchels rubber-stamped in the coming days, according to the Mayo News.
Vaughan was part of the Ballinrobe side who were relegated from senior level this year – meaning they will play intermediate football for the first time in 16 years in 2018.
The move has not gone done well with some observers, as Vaughan has moved to a club less than a 30-minute drive from Castlebar where he has lived for the last number of years.
Donal Vaughan's transfer to Castlebar really rankles. A class and committed player, but to think he could have had a great year in 2018 trying to help claw his club back up from the Intermediate Championship. That would surely mean more than a senior title with Mitchels to most
— Patrick Ward (@patrickward93) December 15, 2017
Each to their own and that and just a personal opinion but find it hard to take that Donal Vaughan transfer to Castlebar. We complain enough when a player joins a big Dublin club but this is the same. Really hope it's not the start of a trend.
— Cormac O'Malley (@cormacpro) December 15, 2017
— Gary Brennan (@Brennan07Gary) December 15, 2017
One life one club going out the window
— Dan Treacy (@DanTreacy1) December 15, 2017
The 29-year-old Vaughan was sent off in the All-Ireland final defeat to Dublin so will be no stranger to taking a bit of heat on social media as it is clear that a lot of GAA fans are unhappy with this move from one Mayo club to another.
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