TWO MORE YOUNG Irish athletes have headed Down Under and swapped Gaelic games for Australian Rules football.
After impressing during the AFL Europe Talent Combine trials in DCU last year, Kilkenny hurler Darragh Joyce and Westmeath footballer Ray Connellan have signed two-year contracts with Melbourne club St Kilda, according to a report from Australian newspaper The Age.
Joyce, the younger brother of Kilkenny senior hurler Kieran, captained the Cats to an All-Ireland minor title in 2014.
Athlone clubman Connellan, a senior player with the Lake County, recently suffered a double leg break in the recent Leinster SFC final against Dublin.
However, the injury hasn’t scuppered the 22-year-old’s chances of switching codes and both could make the move as early as next month.
“Our strategy from mid-2013 has been to increase our talent base through different means,” St Kilda recruiting boss Tony Elshaug said. ”We hope these boys could play a significant part in that.”
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