Collingwood defender Anton Tohill has turned his back on a new deal with the Magpies in favour of a return home to Ireland, per The 42.

Tohill played just one game for the Magpies in his three seasons at the club and has decided to turn down a one-year extension tabled by Collingwood for the 2022 season.

The 21-year-old is reportedly set to pursue a career in medicine as he returns home to Ireland, where he will study at Queens University.

Tohill's sole game in the black and white came in Round 19 against Port Adelaide, where he managed nine disposals in the 28-point loss.

“Since Anton arrived at the club he has displayed great enthusiasm, patience and dedication to his game, which in turn was rewarded with an AFL appearance this year,” Magpies football boss Graham Wright said, per the club's announcement.

“Although his stay has been shorter than planned, we appreciate his intentions to resume his studies and return home.

“I’d like to thank Anton for his input to the Collingwood Football Club and wish him the best with his future endeavours.”

The Derry product is the latest Irish recruit to head home amid trying circumstances under the COVID-19 pandemic, with Essendon losing duo Conor McKenna and Ross McQuillan in the past two years.

The Magpies' own Mark Keane has already headed home to be with his family in Ireland, but will return to the club ahead of preparations for the 2022 season.