Swatragh’s Anton Tohill could be on the verge of a move to Australia and a career in the AFL.
Tohill confirmed he was one of four Irish players at the AFL Draft Combine in Melbourne recently.
Mark Keane (Cork), Carlow's Jordan Morrissey and Pierce Laverty of Down were also among the 85 draft hopefuls in attendance.
Tohill and Keane were called up for the draft following performances and test results at a Combine in UCD last December, followed by a camp in Florida after Christmas.
Anton confirmed, to the County Derry Post, that he had been working on his game in Ireland with the help of former AFL players Colm Begley and Marty Clarke.
While in Melbourne, Tohill trained and had meetings with St Kilda, Collingwood, Geelong and Essendon, as well as visiting Hawthorn.
It is understood Collingwood and St Kilda are along clubs considering signing Tohill on a rookie deal.
"Footy is for me, I want to give it a good crack," Tohill told AFL.com.au, the Official AFL website.
"I also met up with St Kilda's Darragh Joyce for a chat in Dublin recently and we had a great chat about the lifestyle of an AFL footballer, playing footy professionally and what it's like living in Melbourne.”
Tohill’s father Anthony, an iconic midfielder during his GAA career, was on the books with Melbourne Demons before returning to win an All-Ireland title with Derry.
Another Swatragh man, Oisin McWiliams, went on trial with North Melbourne and Limavady's Callum Brown has been in Australia for trials with GWS Giants.
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