A number of Irish players have returned home following the decision to postpone the AFL season due to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis.
The AFL took the decision over the weekend to postpone the season indefinitely just one week into the new campaign.
Both clubs and players agreed to a 50% wage cut for the months of April and May as a result and, with no play expected in the short term, a number of the Irish contingent have opted to return home.
Among these are former Tyrone star Conor McKenna, Cork’s MRK Keane and Derry’s Anton Tohill. Tohill’s former Derry team-mate Conor Glass is considering his options.
Several Irish players involved in the women's AFL, including Dublin pair Niamh McEvoy and Sinead Goldrick, have also travelled home ahead of potential travel restrictions.
The AFL is hopeful of a return to action in June pending approval from the Australian government and the relevant health authorities.