Mark English won’t rest on his laurels after claiming 800 metres bronze at the European Track and Field Championships.

The Donegal athlete became just the 13th Irish medal winner from the championships, which began in 1934, when finishing in third position in Zurich on Friday.

And the 21-year-old believes that he can build on his podium place and claim more silverware in the future.

"This sets me up in good stead," English told RTÉ Sport as the Ireland team arrived at Dublin Airport.

"I don’t want to think too far ahead. I just want to take every competition as it comes to me but it does bode well for the future.

"If you look at the other guys who have got their medals in the past like [Adam] Kszczot, the Polish guy who actually won that race, his medals just kind of flowed from that there and he got more quite easily after that.

"It’s fantastic [to be back home]. It’s just an enrapturing experience coming out through those doors.

"To have the team behind me there who supported me all the way through and to see your family coming out, it’s a fantastic moment for me." 

Mark English