Another Irishman is joining the Gold Coast Suns.
The AFL club has confirmed Luke Towey has signed on as a Category B Rookie.
Starring as a Gaelic footballer since a young age, the Irishman has been impressing Suns recruiters with his speed, agility and willingness to learn the game.
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The 20-year-old was invited to join the Suns program late in the season after a strong showing in the AFL Europe combine and a visit to Melbourne earlier this year.
Towey said he was delighted to be given an opportunity to succeed at Australia’s game, as he sets his sights on developing his craft across half back.
“It’s kind of surreal, it’s been a long process going back over 12 months but when I got the call to come over to Australia, I was absolutely delighted for the opportunity,” Towey said.
“To come over and trial with this great club and see first-hand the AFL environment and culture was unreal.
“The group of lads, the coaches and all the facilities are all top class and I’m looking forward to being a part of the club’s future.”
Towey said he was excited about working closely with fellow Irishman Pearce Hanley as he begins his career in the AFL.
“Pearce has been brilliant, having another Irishman at the club who can support me and show me the ropes, especially given how successful he has been, was huge for me in making my decision.”
The Irish prospect has already shown his athletic prowess and elite speed, clocking an exciting time of 2.82 seconds for the 20m sprint and 7.93 in the agility test earlier this year.
We're excited to announce the signing of Irishman Luke Towey.
— Gold Coast Suns (@GoldCoastSUNS) October 9, 2019