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Dublin’s Sinéad Goldrick. Photo: Sportsfile

Dublin’s Sinéad Goldrick. Photo: Sportsfile

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Dublin’s Sinéad Goldrick. Photo: Sportsfile

The door is firmly open for more Dublin ladies' footballers to ply their trade Down Under in the AFLW after Sinéad Goldrick and Niamh McEvoy inked a one-year deal with the Melbourne Demons for the 2021 season.

Demons' list manager Todd Patterson spoke yesterday of the positive working relationship with Dublin boss Mick Bohan, who has guided the Dubs to three All-Ireland titles in succession, and the "support" which he has given the Melbourne club.

"We thank Mick Bohan and the Dublin management for their support. Our ongoing relationship with everyone at Dublin remains in a really good spot," Patterson said.

Goldrick and McEvoy were the first Dubs to join the swelling Irish ranks Down Under but Patterson's words would suggest that they are unlikely to be the last with more big names likely to follow.

The fact that Bohan has once again given his blessing to seven-time All-Star Goldrick and four-time All-Ireland winner McEvoy is in stark contrast to Mayo boss Peter Leahy, who claims that he will not consider any player for selection if they sign for an AFLW club.

Restructured

The restructured LGFA and AFLW campaigns this year alter the situation from the norm somewhat, however, with Goldrick and McEvoy likely to miss a portion of pre-season training in Australia.

The pair will not join up with the Demons until the Dubs' four-in-a-row bid is complete as they receive their chance at redemption having opted to depart Melbourne amid the early stages of the Coronavirus pandemic in March.

Patterson spoke of "unfinished business" which the Dublin duo outlined as one of the reasons why the recommitted and he's happy to have them once their county commitments are completed later this year.

"They had every right in the current climate not to recommit, but them doing so is a great reflection on what the group means to them and how the club looked after them," Patterson said.

"They will not be joining us until after their Dublin Gaelic campaign, which of course we will be tuning in to and supporting from afar."

Goldrick spoke last year about the draw of "living and training in a professional environment" and the Foxrock Cabinteely defender looks set to continue breaking the mould which other Dubs are likely to follow.

"I've always been a fan of AFLW and in many ways, they have been setting the standard in women's sport globally," Goldrick said.

"To be able to have the chance to join a team and live and train in a professional environment in a sporting city like Melbourne is something that I'm extremely fortunate to be able to try.

"There are so many transferable skills between the two games - the high fielding and foot passing, in particular."