Former Leitrim player could be line to make his debut for Cork today. The Dromahair native has be named among the substitutes for Peader Healy sides in their league encounter with Meath in Pairc Ui Rinn.
Conlon became a regular in the Leitrim senior team in 2012 and part of the first Leitrim team to win a match in the All-Ireland Qualifiers vs Wicklow. He then scored 1-2 in Leitrim’s next game vs Laois but couldn’t help them avoid defeat.
For the 2013 Championship, he was Leitrim’s top scorer. He scored 0-20 in Leitrim in four Championship games. He scored 0-8 in the Connacht Semi-Final Replay vs London but Leitrim still came up short vs the Exiles.
The former vice-captain remained part of the Leitrim until last year and kicked 0-03 in last year’s Connacht Championship clash with Roscommon. He was also part of the Leitrim team that won back-back FBD League titles in 2013 and 2014.
Conlon also enjoyed success with club St. Patrick’s Dromahair in 2014. They won the Leitrim County Intermediate Championship before going down heavy to Ballyhaunis of Mayo in the Connacht Championship.
It is work committee that brings the North Leitrim man to Cork and last year he transformed to Cork City side Douglas. Conlon needed to play for Douglas in the Cork County Championship before being able to declare for Cork.
Conlon isn’t the only “outsider” on the Cork panel. James Loughrey, who is named at centre back for tomorrow, is a native of county Antrim. Loughrey represented the Glens County before transferring to the Rebels in 2013.
This is the second time this year a former Leitrim player will make an appearance for a different county. Former defender Paul Brennan, who transferred to Bundoran in 2014, made his Inter-County debut for Donegal in the opening round of the League vs Kerry. He also started in Donegal second outing vs Roscommon.