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Tadhg Kennelly runs the rule over 25 Irish hopefuls at AFL Combine in UCD

Players were tested across a number of disciplines over two days.

Tadhg Kennelly conducting the outdoor session in UCD earlier.
Tadhg Kennelly conducting the outdoor session in UCD earlier.
Image: Donall Farmer/INPHO

TWENTY FIVE YOUNG footballers have been put through their paces at the sixth annual AFL Europe Talent Combine in a quest to impress watching scouts.

The two-day testing event was conducted by AFL International Talent Manager and All-Ireland winner Tadhg Kennelly at UCD.

Players were tested across a number of disciplines including agility, vertical jump, endurance, beep test, speed and skills.

Two will now be invited to participate in the 2017 AFL Draft Combine in Melbourne.

The AFL Combine is part of the league’s international search for elite talent from a variety of sporting backgrounds with drafts held around the world.

A number of GAA players, including Colin O’Riordan, Pearce Hanley and Zach Tuohy, have forged careers Down Under after coming through the system while Conor Nash and Mark O’Connor have recently secured AFL contracts.

Tadhg Kennelly and Marty Clarke Tadhg Kennelly and Marty Clarke. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

A general view of the training session Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

A general view of the training session Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Tadhg Kennelly Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Players take part in the session Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Players take part in the session Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Players take part in the session Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Players take part in the session Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Players take part in the session Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Players take part in the session Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

*AFL didn’t release names of participants as they were under the age of 18

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