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Contracted Collingwood defender departs club


Collingwood and defender Mark Keane have mutually decided to part ways, according to the club.

The 21-year-old returned home to Ireland following the 2021 season and despite a brief return in November, he has ultimately opted to remain in Ireland.

Keane was contracted with the Magpies for 2022 and played five senior games as a key defender.

“Although a tough call, I know remaining in Ireland and being with my family is the right decision for me at this time,” Keane told the club’s website.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at the Pies, and I thank the club for giving me the opportunity to play AFL football.

“The club has greatly supported me for the duration of my stay in Australia and I will always appreciate that.”

Collingwood GM of Football Graham Wright said homesickness was a big factor in Keane’s decision.

“We thank Mark for his contribution to the program over the past three years,” Wright said.

“Unfortunately, Mark has suffered from homesickness his entire time at Collingwood. He went home early in August prior to the season finishing and returned after training had started in November.

“Mark didn’t return for training in the New Year and we decided, along with Mark, that the rigours of AFL football combined with being away from home are too much for him at this time.

“We wish Mark all the best with his future endeavours and hope being home in Ireland is exactly what he needs.”

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