Defensive duo back to bolster Louth

Mick Fanning and John O'Brien are back on Irish soil and likely to resume their inter-county football careers with Louth.

Mick Fanning and John O'Brien are back on Irish soil and likely to resume their inter-county football careers with Louth.

The duo were part of the Louth team that reached last year's Leinster SFC final, and left for Australia in the winter in order to find work.

They are also believed to have spent some time in Boston before arriving back home in recent days. Louth County Board officials are now seeking clearance from the GAA for the two defenders to join the county's Championship squad.

"I am delighted as this is a great boost for Louth. This has been in the pipeline for the past number of weeks but they only got home in the last few days," explained Louth boss Peter Fitzpatrick.

"At the moment we are just waiting for clearance from Croke Park and hopefully that will be sorted out soon."

Fitzpatrick's charges are due to face Carlow in their Championship opener on Sunday week. They had an impressive 1-19 to 0-12 challenge match win over Cavan last week.

Centre-back Fanning and wing back O'Brien, who was nominated for an All-Star award last year, are thought to have played some competitive football on their travels. But they will not be involved in Louth's challenge game against Roscommon tonight.

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