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Walsh announces a return to Ireland
01 Oct 2014 13:01
Tommy Walsh will return to Kerry at the end of the year after calling time on his AFL career with Sydney Swans.
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The 26-year-old joined St Kilda as an international rookie in 2010 before moving to the Sydney Swans in 2011.
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Walsh played five senior matches in three seasons for the Swans, although his progress was interrupted by a 12-month absence with a severe hamstring injury suffered early in 2013.
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Walsh told SwansTV after making his decision: “I’ve really enjoyed my time here. It’s the best thing I ever did. “To be able to experience professional sport in two great cities with two great clubs, I’ve met a lot of great people and I’ll have friends for the rest of my life over here.
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“I’m not sure when, but I’m looking forward to coming back over here already for a holiday a few years down the line and catching up with everyone again.”
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The news will be welcomed by Kerry supporters who saw him leave the senior football panel after winning the All-Ireland with the Kingdom in 2009.
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Speaking of returning home, Walsh said: “It was obviously something I wanted to do since I came out here, and I always knew I’d be going back and after five years here I knew that the time was right. “I’ll be going back to my club Kerins O’Rahilly’s and I don’t know, but maybe Kerry as well.”
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