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Monday 20 August 2018

Aussie Rules agent for GAA stars is caught in teen sex controversy

An Aussie Rules agent for GAA stars has admitted "inappropriate dealings" with a teenage girl.

Outspoken Ricky Nixon (47), who has brought young GAA players to Australia, denies having an affair with the girl, but she claims she has tapes proving she had an affair with the married man.

The girl aged 17, who cannot be named for legal reasons, recently came to prominence in Australia when she released a series of tweets about some of St Kilda Football Club players on an end-of-season trip.

Nixon was reportedly seen leaving the girl's bedroom at a Melbourne hotel on February 15 at 7.15am.

He admitted to the Herald Sun newspaper in Australia that he visited her room on Sunday night and Valentine's Day last week, and said he took alcohol to her room at the Causeway 353 Hotel, where she was staying at the club's expense. The girl has now given tapes to an Australian newspaper to support her affair claim, which she said begun in recent weeks.

She told a newspaper that the pair started texting and seeing a lot of each other after January 21 after she made a settlement with the Australian St Kilda's club. "He sent me a text saying he hoped I could get on with my life," she claimed.



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Asked if she was having an affair with Nixon, the girl said: "Yes. This might sound stupid, but I didn't know he was married." The girl has now reportedly posted messages on her Twitter site about the alleged affair.

"I like how people say 'allege' -- Makes me giggle. This time around I actually took the photos/videos... Does that mean I can publish them?" she wrote.

Nixon denies the claims, and says he was trying to help the girl out with her career prospects, and that he had spoken with her mother and offered help. He has now said he regrets the situation and vowed not to see her again.

"In hindsight my dealings with this girl were inappropriate and I regret them. I won't be seeing her again," he said.

Nixon represents former GAA players who currently play in the AFL including former Kerry star Tommy Walsh, while Niall McKeever, Jamie O'Reilly and Conor Meredith have recently relocated to Australia after impressing Nixon during his training camps.

He was due to travel to Ireland in the coming weeks to scout GAA talent in the Sigerson Cup. Nixon was involved in a war of words with Dublin boss Pat Gilroy last year when he claimed the manager had banned players from attending his trials.

cfeehan@herald.ie

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