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Rob Kearney Set For GAA Comeback With Hometown Louth Club

Rob Kearney Set For GAA Comeback With Hometown Louth Club

He'd be good under a high ball, mind you.

Rob Kearney has landed back on Irish turf after a one-year stint with Super Rugby side Western Force.

The Louth native seems to be enjoying life being closer to home, as you can see here supporting a local milk brand.

Well, the 35-year-old will need all the milk he can drink, as he's set for a remarkable return to the GAA field.

Kearney previously played for Cooley Kickhams GAA Club in a past life. Now, Niall McCoy is reporting that he's back training with them.

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According to McCoy, it's his first appearance in a Kickhams' shirt since 2005. A mere sixteen year wait for the return of a hometown sporting hero.

The former Irish international wasn't without some home comforts over in Perth this year, however.

Fellow Kickhams' man Michael McDonald, who's now with the Waratahs, had a stint with the Western Force as seen pictured below.

McDonald, who was born in Ireland, has represented Australia at U20 level including a finals appearance in the U20 World Cup.

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It might be ambitious for Cooley Kickhams' to expect both to return, but I'm sure they'll take Kearney on his own for awhile.

Earlier in the summer, the Cooley man appeared on the Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show on Today FM, where he was asked what the future holds.

"I'm not really sure," Kearney said. "I get asked this question every few days and I still don't have answers."

"Potentially, I might do another season playing rugby, but I suppose, to be honest with you, I've had a little bit of enough of it at the moment."

He then teased his GAA return. "I always loved Gaelic football growing up. I'd like to get back into a little bit of that in a casual way."

So what does Kearney look like sporting the jersey? Here's a sneak peak:

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Whether it's to maintain a level of fitness in the offseason or to give back to his hometown club, we don't need the reasons.

The sight of Rob Kearney on a football field is damning in itself. You wouldn't want to be left open for a shoulder.

There's no doubt in our minds as well; the Cooley Kickhams lads will have their work cut out keeping up with him in training.

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