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Donal Vaughan Sparks Controversy With Transfer To Home Club’s Rivals

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.

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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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.