Former Westmeath minor footballer Fionn O'Hara has joined AFL club Hawthorn.
The Mullingar teenager will link up with Meath's Conor Nash at the Hawks after signing as an International Category B rookie on a two-year deal. O'Hara, who has also represented Leinster and Ireland in underage rugby, would have signed sooner but for the delay caused by the pandemic.
Fellow St Loman's clubman John Heslin was recruited by Richmond a decade ago, only to return home after a few months.
Speaking on their club website, Hawthorn's National Recruitment and List Manager Mark McKenzie said: "In addition to his eye-catching athletic attributes, O’Hara was also a skilful kick on both sides of his body. We’re rapt to be able to bring Fionn on board after having our eye on him for three years,” McKenzie said.
"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.
"He has worked hard already to hone his AFL skills, so he’s already developed some strong kicking skills coupled with being a good decision maker with ball in hand as well."