PERTH, AUSTRALIA - JULY 22: Conor Glass of the Hawks warms up before the round 18 AFL match between the Fremantle Dockers and the Hawthorn Hawks at Domain Stadium on July 22, 2017 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Hawthorn defender Connor Glass has called time on his AFL career to move back to Ireland.

The 22-year old has played 21 AFL games for the Hawks after making his debut in Round 18 of the 2017 season – he became the first ever Irishman to don the brown and gold.

Glass was drafted to the club at the end of 2015 as an International Category B rookie.

He will return to his hometown Maghera to continue his university studies and resurrect his Gaelic football career playing for County Derry.

Hawthorn Chief of Football Graham Wright thanked Glass for his contributions to the club.

“Conor has spent four and a half years at Hawthorn and has been totally committed to his AFL career the whole way through,” Wright told

“While he will be missed around the club, the pull home has always been there for Conor and we fully support his decision.

“We thank both Conor and his family for his service to our club, the will always be a part of the Hawthorn family.

“We wish Conor all the best in his future endeavours.”

Glass played four games for the Hawks in 2020.