Westmeath Footballers buoyed by Heslin return

Westmeath Chairman, Tom Farrell is hopeful that teenage star John Heslin will quickly return to the County’s Senior panel now that he has quit Australian Rules football and returned home.

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Heslin was one of the GAA’s brightest young stars at the time he left for Australia but he has not settled in the land of Oz and though he returned to AFL club Richmond after Christmas.

The return of Heslin certainly boost Westmeath’s fortunes and is also great news for club St Loman’s of Mullingar.

It is expected that Heslin will play a part in the Cadbury Leinster U-21 championship tie against Wicklow or Carlow on 7th March and later in their Senior championships clash with local rivals Meath.

The 19 years old was selected by Richmond as part of the Tigers ‘Pick 90’ project in a 2011 Rookie draft .
“It’s never easy for young players to relocate to a new country, a long away from their family and friends. John found that transition difficult, and has experienced homesickness,” general manager of football Craig Cameron said.

“We have worked hard to support John and will continue to do so but understand his decision to return home at this time.”

Earlier this week Heslin gave a hint of the news to come with his Twitter comment : “Feel like I’m getting ready to play westmeathvmeath I love playing Meath. It’s going to be a tough task for Westmeath”


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