Nash signs on for two more years

It looks ever-more likely that the new Meath senior football manager will have to plan without the services of Simonstown's Conor Nash for at least a couple of years after the Navan man signed a new two-year deal to stay with AFL side Hawthorn in Australia.

The likelihood of Nash return to don the green and gold jersey was always remote, but any hopes of a return were dash with the news last week that the Keegan cup winner will stay with the Melbourne based Australian rules side until the end of the 2024 season - at least.

23-year-old Nash joined Hawthorn as a Category B rookie in late 2016, and has gone on to become one of their top performers – making 41 appearances for the Hawks.

“Conor has made an enormous sacrifice being away from family and friends since arriving from Ireland five years ago,” said Hawthorn National List and Recruiting manager Mark McKenzie.

"He challenged himself to pursue a foreign sport and I think our fans would agree that his commitment and development has been great to witness through his journey to date.

“His decision to extend for a further two years in the brown and gold is also a testament to the strong culture and positive environment amongst our young group.

“Conor possesses outstanding athletic attributes and continues to demonstrate a real hunger to improve – we look forward to seeing him contribute to our future success,” concluded McKensie.