Martin Clarke returns to Aussie Rules with Collingwood

Martin Clarke playing for Collingwood
Martin Clarke was a big hit with AFL club Collingwood

Martin Clarke has completed his move back to Aussie Rules Football by signing for former club Collingwood.

Clarke, 23, played 46 games for the Magpies from 2007 to 2009 after the club originally selected him as an international rookie in 2006.

He was elevated to the senior list midway through the 2007 season and made his debut against the Swans in Sydney.

Clarke then returned home to play as a forward for Down and helped them to an All-Ireland Football final in 2010.

He was also the recipient of an All Star award.

During his three seasons in the AFL Clarke played across half back and through the midfield.

Clarke, from Cranfield near Kilkeel, joined Collingwood in 2006 but three years later turned down a lucrative contract and resumed his GAA career.

Collingwood, from Melbourne, are the current Premiership champions are and reputed to be the best supported club in Australian sport.

Down minor star Caolan Mooney is also on the books of Collingwood.