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18th Jan 2022

Pat Spillane Junior will play county football this season, but not for Kerry

Lee Costello

He will be available for the Allianz League at the end of the month.

Pat Spillane junior, son of Kerry legend and RTE pundit, Pat Spillane senior, has been called up to the county panel after his fine performances with St Jude’s, who reached the Dublin championship final this season.

However, the young midfielder won’t be representing his native Kerry, nor will he be wearing the baby blue of Dublin, as it is actually Sligo he will be playing for.

The 23-year-old qualifies for the Yeats county through his mother Rosarii, a Sligo native, which is a strong enough connection to ensure his eligibility for the county, despite not playing or living there.

Spillane featured for his home club Templenoe, where he was born and raised, during their successful 2019 campaign, winning the Kerry and Munster Intermediate championships.

However, much of his role came from the bench, and he seems to have really found his feet at St Judes, most notably in a masterful performance against Lucan Sarsfields in the Dublin semi final.

A statement from the Sligo County Board this morning confirmed that everything is in the clear, and the midfielder is now available for selection.

“Pat Spillane has joined with the county’s senior football panel following the approval by the Competition Controls Committee of the GAA of his request to field with the county of his mother.

“Spillane, who is resident in Dublin where he plays for the St Jude’s club in Templeogue has begun training with Sligo’s Dublin based players and will participate in preparations for the forthcoming National League campaign which throws in on Sunday week next when Sligo travel to Wexford.”

Sligo are away to Wexford in their opening Allianz League game on January 30th

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