Coronavirus Ireland: Irish AFL star Conor Glass unable to come home from Australia due to Covid-19 pandemic

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Irish AFL star Conor Glass is unable to come home from Australia during the coronavirus pandemic after his flights were cancelled.

The Derry native, who plays for Hawthorn, saw his expensive flights to Ireland cancelled after the season was suspended until May 31 to fight the spread of the virus.

After spending over $5,000 on flights to see his mother that were subsequently cancelled this week, the 22-year-old will now have to wait out the crisis down under.

"I was a day or so behind them because our game was the second last to be played," Glass told  BBC Northern Ireland.

"We had to go into the club on Monday morning to figure out what the plans were for us over the next few months.

"I was a day behind already in trying to book flights. I went into the player welfare manager and the cheapest flight was not too cheap. It was between $5,000 and $10,000.

Conor Glass tackles Daniel O’Brien playing for Derry in 2015 Derry

"I finally got one booked for the Saturday but the next day Eithad had cancelled flights. Let's just say I wasn't too happy that day.

"I can't get out [of Australia] really. It's not as if I'm stuck in a prison or anything. I'm just living at home – I'm the same as everyone else.

"Obviously, I'd like to be at home with my family; be with mum especially. That was my main reason for going home: To give her a bit of reassurance that I was coping fine.

"I was willing to pay whatever it was to get home and see her but it's a pity it didn't work. I'll to keep in touch and let her know that I was healthy and doing well.

"I've got to adapt with the times and make the most of it."

Fellow AFL players Anton Tohill of Collingwood and Conor McKenna of Essendon have managed to return home.

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