DONEGAL’S Patrick McBrearty has turned down lucrative offers to go and play professional Aussie Rules football Down Under.
The 19 year old has told a newspaper today that he decided he wanted to continue to play for his county instead.
“I sat down with my family a couple of weeks ago and when times are good in Donegal, you want to be a part of it,” he told The Irish Independent.
“If I can settle myself here and get a good job and another 10 or 12 years of inter-county football and get a name for myself, I’d be over the moon. We sat down together and Australia is off the cards for the duration of the coming years.”
Donegal’s back-to-back Ulster titles certainly helped.
“If things weren’t good here, if Donegal weren’t winning Ulster championships and not going for All-Irelands, my mentality might be somewhere else, but fortunately things are good,” he said.
“The recession is the last thing on my mind. The talk about money, it’s the last thing on my mind. I just want to enjoy my football and win as many medals as I possibly can.”