West Coast Eagles announced today that Paddy Brophy will return to Ireland.
The 23-year-old Kildare man joined the Perth-based AFL team two-and-a-half years ago.
Speaking to the club's website Brophy said he was returning home for personal reasons.
It’s disappointing it’s over, but it’s time.
I am going home for personal reasons, including homesickness, but I have really enjoyed my time at the club.
I will always be grateful to the club for giving me the opportunity. It has been a great experience, but I’ll go back home, continue my university studies and play Gaelic football.
I’d like to thank everyone at both West Coast and East Perth for their support. I have made some life-long friends and have really enjoyed the experience.
The news should be a major boost for the Kildare senior footballers. It is mentioned that Brophy returns home with the aim of playing for the Lilywhites.
After promotion to Division One under Cian O'Neill, hopes were already buoyed. Brophy being available for selection should lift them even further ahead of the Championship.
The Celbridge midfielder did not play a senior game for the West Coast Eagles. However, he did perform well for the East Perth Royals, a WAFL team affiliated with the West Coast Eagles.
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