Former Westmeath minor footballer and Leinster U20 out-half Fionn O'Hara has joined AFL club Hawthorn.
O'Hara has signed as an International Category B rookie on a two-year deal and will join Meath's Conor Nash at the Hawks.
The 19-year-old St Loman’s man has represented his country and Leinster at underage level, and earlier this summer was selected for the U20s Leinster squad.
At the time O'Hara intimated this was where his future lay - "I’m definitely going to give rugby a go while I’m lucky enough to be in the place I’m in" but the lure of Australia has been dangling for some time and was expected to sign sooner but for the pandemic having visited the Melbourne club last year.
"In addition to his eye-catching athletic attributes, O’Hara was also a skillful kick on both sides of his body," Hawthorn's National Recruitment and List Manager Mark McKenzie said.
"We’re rapt to be able to bring Fionn on board after having our eye on him for three years.
"Over the course of the time we’ve got to know him, we’ve found him to be a really high-level character with a great work ethic and a real understanding of professionalism having had that experience in those elite pathways."