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Clarke wants to play AFL again: report

30/05/2011 08:44:45 PM Comments (0)

Former Collingwood utility Marty Clarke wants to return to playing in the AFL, according to an Irish media report.

Clarke, 23, was recruited from Ireland and played 46 games for the Magpies between 2007-09.

He then returned to his home country to continue his Gaelic football career.

The Irish Independent newspaper has reported that Clarke will be back in Melbourne soon for a holiday and wants to resume his AFL career.

The manager of Gaelic team Down said if Clarke decided to switch codes again, it would be with the club's blessing.

"If he is going to Australia, I absolutely have no problem with it," James McCartan was quoted as saying.

"Martin is entitled to do exactly what he wants with his future and he has been more than honourable in all his dealings with Down."

The article said Clarke's desire to come back to the AFL was "the worst-kept secret in Gaelic football".

An AFL spokesman said that under league rules, Clarke would have to go through the national draft if he wants to play in this competition again.

Collingwood are aware that Clarke might visit Melbourne soon and they expect he will pay a social visit.

But they say they are unaware of Clarke's future sporting plans.

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