Emlyn Mulligan has confirmed to the Leitrim Observer on Tuesday that he will be playing his club football for St. Brigid’s Blanchardstown in 2013 after he revealed that he signed his transfer papers last weekend.
The transfer, a major blow to Melvin Gaels ambitions of retaining the Fenagh Cup, was first revealed last week and Emlyn confirmed on Tuesday that he is joining the 2011 Dublin Champions - “I signed the transfer papers last weekend, they have been signed by the Club and the County Board.
“I have been at training and the standard of football is very high, I’ll be fighting for my place and I won’t be guaranteed a place on the team but I am looking forward to the challenge.”
The move is not without regret as Emlyn admitted that it is wrench to leave Melvin Gaels - “It is tough leaving my home club, I’ll still be their number one supporter but the opportunity to play club football in Dublin was too hard to turn down.
“I had moved up that direction with my girlfriend a while back and I’m living in Blanchardstown. I hadn’t really thought about transfering but St. Brigid’s approached me and I met with Gerry McEntee. It is a massive opportunity for me as a player and I don’t want to come to the end of my playing career and have regrets about it.
“After the two cruciate injuries, I always said that I want to take every opportunity that comes along,” said Emlyn who added that the toll of travelling up and down to Kinlough for club games was a major consideration in his decision.
Emlyn reassured Leitrim supporters that he won’t be transferring County colours - “As I said to Gerry McEntee, the Leitrim County team is still my main priority at the end of the day. Leitrim have a huge opportunity to reach a Connacht Final in 2013 and I will have to work with Barney and George to work out things are regards club games but I am fully committed to Leitrim.”
For Melvin Gaels, the loss of Mulligan is a major blow in the defence of the Fenagh Cup but Chairman Dessie Sheridan wished Emlyn well – “He is a big loss to the club, Emlyn is first class free-taker as we all know but everyone in the club sincerely wishes him well, we will not stand in his way.
“I know his fellow players are very sorry to see him go but hopefully, it is only temporary and Emlyn will always be welcome back to Melvin Gaels.”
The loss of their star attacker will make it harder for the Kinlough men to retain their title, particularly as they have also lost Paul McGurran and Jesse McGuinness to emigration – “It is not just Emlyn. We have a lot of good young players coming through but it takes a while for young lads to mature and losing three players like Emlyn, Paul and Jesse will make it very difficult.”