Irish recruits land in Adelaide
Friday, July 25 2008 @ 09:48 PM ACST
Contributed by: Brett Northey
Just as Carlton's Michael Shields decides to head home to Ireland, two more young hopefuls have arrived in Australia. Carl Dias, 19, is a left footer from Kilmacud Crokes, Dublin, who plays through the midfield as well as having good goal-sense. Brian Donnelly, 20, from County Louth just southeast of the Northern Ireland border, is a tall defender, but reportedly quick over the ground and a good mark. Both are Gaelic footballers who have been invited to Adelaide for three week trials with the Crows. They arrived on 22nd July and have already had their first sessions.
Adelaide recruiting manager Matt Rendell (a former player with West Torrens, Fitzroy and Brisbane) made no secret of the fact that the club is looking further a-field with the looming player squeeze as two new clubs enter the AFL in 2011 and probably 2012. The Crows are impressed with the trialists' ability to read the play, but say it's early days in terms of handling the Australian footy and building body strength.