Setanta Ó hAilpín released by his AFL team 10 years ago

Setanta Ó hAilpín released by his AFL team

After just eight games in the last two years, the 30-year-old is on the look out for a new club.

In the brutal world of Australian Rules, like most pro sports, there is no time for sentiment. They pay you to play and if you don’t, they cut you lose.


That fate befell Cork man Setanta Ó hAilipín, who was cut overnight by Greater Western Sydney after two years at the club.

Signed in 2011, Ó hAilipín was one of the first players signed by the newly formed franchise but he snapped his ACL on his debut. That injury really affected the former Young Hurler of the Year and he managed only eight games in his two seasons in Sydney.

His time in Carlton, which began in 2005, was a little happier and he has racked up 82 goals in 88 AFL games in the nine years since he moved codes.

We do wonder if another club will take a shot on a 30-year-old with a history of injuries but he has battled back from setbacks before, so we wouldn’t put it past him again.


And we fully expect the 'return to Cork hurling' rumours to begin immediately too.