Hanley considering his options

April 15, 2009
Brisbane Lions player Pearce Hanley has vowed to return home to Mayo if he isn't offered a new contract at the end of the AFL season in September. The teenager has his heart set on a long career in the AFL, but admits he isn't taking anything for granted. "I want to spend many years playing in the AFL before finishing my career in Gaelic football," he said. "I won't hear about a new contract until the end of the season but I have considered my options if it's not good news. I could go back to the GAA, but I'm not really thinking about that now. "I just want to play as many senior games for the Lions as I can." Lions recruiting manager Graeme Allen believes Hanley could make the same impact in the AFL as fellow Irishman Martin Clarke. "We're very pleased with Pearse. He's shown us he's as talented as Marty Clarke," Allen said.

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