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|Posted: Fri Dec 15, 2017 3:56 am Post subject: Three young GAA stars get big chance in AFL
|Three young Gaelic footballers have been handed the chance to advance their cause as AFL prospects with an invitation to a testing academy in Florida next month.Dublin's James Madden, Cork's Mark Keane and Derry's Anton Tohill, son of former Oak Leaf great http://www.authentictigershop.com/authentic-23-kirk-gibson-jersey.html Anthony, have made the cut following AFL Europe's latest Dublin-based combine in UCD last week.
There were 21 players invited, including rising Galway hurling star Jack Canning, with Madden catching the eye with a record-breaking effort in the 20-metre sprint.
Madden, a member of this year's Dublin minor team, comes from the same club, Ballyboden St Enda's, as Jim Stynes, the most successful Irish recruit to the AFL over the last quarter of a Antoine Vermette Jersey century.Tohil and Keane, who featured with Earl Campbell Youth jersey the Cork U-17 and minor teams in 2017, also impressed at the http://www.officialmarlinshop.com/authentic-31-jeff-locke-jersey.html recent combine.
An invitation to the Florida academy was the route that Galway's Cillian McDaid, Kilkenny's Darragh Joyce and Westmeath's Ray Connellan took to securing contracts in recent years.
AFL national and international talent manager Kevin Sheehan was present for the UCD combine last week to oversee it in the absence of Tadhg Kennelly, who has left his international talent co-ordinator role to rejoin Sydney Swans in a coaching capacity.
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Sheehan said he understood some of the fear expressed in Ireland about losing top players, a fear that heightened this year in Kerry, especially over David Clifford. But he feels there will never be a deluge making the switch.
"It's not surprising the level of player playing Gaelic football, it's elite. You even see it at International Rules level, they can match the best in Australia as they did last month. They're pretty elite.
"But there'll only ever be an odd one. It's Womens Terence Garvin Jersey never a flood that comes our way. There's been an average of one-and-a-half to two, and one comes back so it fits in that space, it's not a case of pillaging the boys that are talented.
"David Clifford, for instance, doesn't appear to want it and that's fine," continued Sheehan."We've seen that over many years. From where we come, we appreciate the legacy of Jim Stynes to come out when he made that decision 30 years ago and become a legend of our game and contribute massively to our community.