Kildare underage star takes part in AFL combine

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Kildare underage star takes part in AFL combine
14:33 Friday 30th of November 2018

Kildare underage star Mark Barrett was reportedly part of an AFL combine event that was held in Dublin this week.

The AFL combine, which was hosted in UCD, is an event that helps to identify potential young Irish talent that could make the breakthrough and play Aussie Rules in Australia.

U20 footballer Barrett was a key part of the Kildare side that won the All-Ireland title this year under Davy Burke, and, according to a report on Hoganstand, he was one of 20 players to take part in the two-day fitness and skills evaluation. AFL Europe officials and Down's Marty Clarke, a former Collingwood star, ran the rule over the hopefuls.

Kildare senior goalkeeper Aaron O'Neill was also due to take part but had to withdraw to injury.

A handful of players will be selected to go to the AFL's Florida combine in January, where they will hope to follow in the recent steps of Cork’s Mark Keane, Derry’s Anton Tohill and Dublin’s James Madden who have recently moved down under following successful trials at combine events.

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