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Walsh signs two-year Aussie contract

Updated: Tuesday, 20 Oct 2009 10:24

Tommy Walsh
Tommy Walsh

Kerry forward Tommy Walsh has signed a two year contract with AFL team St Kilda of Melbourne and will depart for Australia in the coming weeks to take up pre season training with his new team.

Walsh is obviously looking forward to his stint Down Under and said: 'I’m very excited. I'm glad all the speculation is over and I'm looking forward to going over to the Saints.

'It was a very tough decision but it was just too good an opportunity to pass up. I have got a lot of support from fellow club and county players, family and friends in Kerry. I'm not under any illusions about what's ahead and hopefully it will work out.'

St Kilda General Manager, Matthew Drain, speaking on the club's website said: 'Tommy Walsh is one of the most credentialed players to come out of Ireland.

'While he faces hard work to adapt to AFL at the highest level, we are confident that what we have seen of him proves he has enormous talent to become an important player for St Kilda.'