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Last Updated: Friday, 14 October 2005, 08:04 GMT 09:04 UK
Cavanagh rejects Brisbane offer
Sean Cavanagh of Tyrone
Tyrone midfielder Sean Cavanagh is happy with his GAA career
Tyrone star Sean Cavanagh has turned down an offer from the Brisbane Lions to play Aussie Rules football.

The 22-year-old midfielder had a deal on the table that would have seen him become a professional for two years.

"I have given it a lot of thought but I have decided against it," Cavanagh told the Irish News.

"I love playing Gaelic football. I think it is the best game in the world and I would rather be playing it than Australian football."

Cavanagh believes the changing nature of GAA will allow him to gain financianl rewards from the game.

"It is extremely flattering that somebody from Brisbane would come and pick me out of a small town and give me the chance to try my hand at Australian Rules," he added.

"People will maybe think I might be stupid to turn down an offer to go over to Brisbane and play football.

"But the GAA is as good as anyone with the opportunities coming up now for players with things like sponsorships and endorsements.

"However, the financial part of it, being a professional footballer, did not come into the equation when I was making the decision."

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