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Cork All-Ireland winner Sheehan drafted into Irish squad for clash in Perth

The 26-year-old previously lined out for Ireland in 2013.

FORMER CORK ALL-Ireland football winner Ciaran Sheehan has been added to the Irish International Rules squad for next Saturday’s second test against Australia in Perth.

DSS_9499 Ciaran Sheehan pictured in action for Northern Blues. Source: Dave Savell

It was confirmed yesterday that Monaghan’s Darren Hughes was being brought in to replace the injured Pearce Hanley.

Now Sheehan has been brought on board by manager Joe Kernan and will be part of the match-day squad if Sligo’s Niall Murphy or Roscommon’s Enda Smith, who missed last Sunday’s game in Adelaide due to a virus, are not able to line out.

“We have invited Ciarán up from Melbourne to train with the panel too and given his insights to their game, I am sure he will add something to our preparations and range of options,” Kernan told the Irish Examiner.

Ciaran Sheehan and Jarrod Harbrow Ciaran Sheehan in action against Australia's Jarrod Harbrow in 2013. Source: INPHO/James Crombie

Sheehan has previous International Rules experience from 2013 when he was part of Ireland’s triumph against Australia in a series played at Kingspan Breffni Park and Croke Park.

The 26-year-old was recently released by AFL side Carlton, the Melbourne based club that he had been with since November 2013.

The Éire Óg club man made his AFL debut in August 2014 and also lined out for their affiliate side Northern Blues but his Aussie Rules career has been marred by a string of injury setbacks.

With Cork, Sheehan won an All-Ireland senior football medal in 2010 and an All-Ireland U21 football medal in 2009.

Ciaran Sheehan Ciaran Sheehan in action for Cork in the 2010 All-Ireland football final. Source: Cathal Noonan

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