The Australian Football League had a combine in Dublin over the weekend where Irish players could show off their talents to scouts from Aussie Rules clubs.
While fans would hate the prospect of losing a talented player, nobody could begrudge anyone the chance to make a living playing professional sport Down Under.
One such GAA star who made an impression is Cork’s Mark Keane. According to Australian reporter Ryan Davidson, the Lee-side star caught the eye over the weekend.
Match practice underway on a cold morning at the European Combine in Dublin. Cork’s Mark Keane a standout. pic.twitter.com/BmiTpwcgfj
— Ryan Davidson (@ryandavo_) December 2, 2017
Another player who featured was Anton Tohill, son of Derry legend and RTE pundit Anthony.
— Ryan Davidson (@ryandavo_) December 1, 2017
In all, 23 Irishmen were giving the opportunity to catch the eye of the scouts, led by former Down great Marty Clarke.
With a training camp taking place in Florida, which Davidson says he expects Mark Keane to be invited to, there will be a chance for the Cork man to impress further and potentially earn an AFL contract.
Speaking to afl.com.au, Marty Clarke said he was impressed with the overall standard.
“Every year the standard seems to be getting higher and higher.
“The testing was first class and some of the ball use in that match situation was very good.
“There were some really good taller lads who were very mobile, and in some ways in the Jimmy Stynes mould.”
What could be Cork’s loss will very much be the AFL’s gain as the man-of-the-match from this year’s Munster u-17 final continues his rise to prominence.