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Luke Towey is advised to retire from the AFL and return to Sligo later this year.
Towey is expected to head to Ireland after two seasons Down Under return, which would give Sligo manager Tony McEntee a boost.
The man from St. Molaise Gaels, who signed with the Gold Coast Suns in late 2019, will return home with Kerrys Stefan Okunbor. The return of the Kerry defender was confirmed today by his club Geelong.
Neither Okunbor nor Towey made a high profile AFL appearance with injuries and a Covid ban that severely limited the chances for Irish recruits to develop their game.
« Stefan has shown a great deal of will and dedication to become a better player, » said Geelong’s general manager for football, Simon Lloyd.
« He was constrained by the injury and lack of games from the shutdown. He is now back in Ireland and we hope he can enjoy a successful Gaelic football career. «
Her departure brings the number of Irish players currently in clubs to 11, up from a record high of 17 in 2020 In the recently concluded 2021 season, 14 Irish recruits were hired at nine different clubs, but Anton Tohill has since decided to return to Derry.
Conor Nash (Hawthorn / Meath), Zach Tuohy (Geelong / Laois) , Mark O’Connor (Geelong / Kerry) Cian McBride (Essendon / Meath), Colin O’Riordan (Sydney Swans / Tipperary), Barry O’Connor (Sydney Swans / Wexford), Mark Keane (Collingwood / Cork), James Madden (Brisbane / Dublin), Deividas Uosis (Brisbane / Kerry), Callum Brown (GWS Giants / Derry) and Darragh Joyce (St Kilda / Kilkenny) are still signed with AFL clubs.
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