Lucey chases AFL dream

While most Kerry people are dreaming of All-Ireland glory this weekend, Pádraig Lucey is targeting a shot at an AFL career earned by a stint on reality TV.

Lucey chases AFL dream

Lucey is to be offered a rookie contract by one of the AFL’s biggest clubs, Geelong, with the 6’8” Killarney native being considered as a potential prospect to help the Melbourne giants in the ruck area.

Traditionally, Irish players don’t fit the profile for this vital ball-winning sector, though Setanta Ó hAilpín and Niall McKeever did spend some time at the restarts with Carlton and Brisbane in the past.

Lucey has played for a European selection against Australian development sides in the past two years and also attended the AFL Draft Combine in December, where he caught the eye. He has been in Australia recently, participating in the FOX 8 show, The Recruit, which has a full contract on offer to the winner.

The 21-year-old Legion man was cut last week but earned a lot of praise for a remarkable improvement as the show progressed. He has been training with local club Heidelberg while working part-time as a pool guard.

Geelong have a good record of producing AFL players from non-traditional backgrounds. Mark Blicavs, who played 23 games this year, was a steeplechaser when he signed with the Cats, while they also recruited basketballer, Michael Luxford last year.

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