KILMAINE star Oisin Mullin says he’s ‘delighted’ to be named the number one Junior club footballer in the county in The Mayo News’ inaugural ‘Top 100 Club Footballers’ series.
The 20 year-old beat off competition from Mayo senior team-mate, James Carr from Ardagh, to take top spot with an incredible 294 votes (out of a possible 300) from the judging panel which was made up of representatives of all the ‘exclusive’ Junior clubs in Mayo.
“I’m absolutely delighted to be picked as the top Junior footballer,” Mullin told The Mayo News. “There is a serious calibre of players in the Junior championship so I’m delighted to have been voted as number one.
“You have the likes of James Carr, another Mayo senior player, and a whole host of other names that are top quality players, so I’m happy out.”
The NUI Galway student produced a number of inspirational performances for Kilmaine as they reached the County Junior Final, bounced back from that defeat to win the Connacht club title, before losing the All-Ireland Junior semi-final after extra-time to Na Gaeil from Kerry.
Mullin said he’s determined to try and help Kilmaine to win an elusive county title in 2020 — assuming club football returns.
“We’ve got our running programs and our gym programs from John Wilson in the club and the lads are tipping away at that,” he said. “But, of course, no-one really knows what is going to happen there; hopefully we’ll get a club championship and we’ll get out of Junior.
“That’s the main goal, especially with some of the older lads who are probably coming to the end of their careers, the likes of Pat Kelly and Brian Maloney are coming back for one more year and it would definitely put a dampener on it if there’s no championship for those boys.”
Mullin made his Mayo senior debut earlier this year, following in the footsteps of the aforementioned Kelly and Maloney in lining out at senior level for the county, a proud moment for the South Mayo club.
He admitted that making an impact at senior inter-county level was top of his list of 2020 goals.
“I would have been one of my goals alright,” he said. “I was assuming that I might have been coming on as a sub’ for Mayo, but once I got in for the Donegal game, I was looking to hold onto the position and the jersey and then push on and that’s what I did.
“I was delighted when I got the call to come to the senior team. It was a dream come true really with the history of football in Mayo.
“I know especially for my club, there hasn’t been a senior player since Pat Kelly, so that was a huge honour for me.”