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EuropeHailing from County Longford, Michael Quinn is set to make a remarkable debut on Sunday on the other side of the world for the Essendon Football Club. It will be the fastest transition to senior AFL ranks of all the Irish recruits to have come so far. Few would have thought that Marty Clarke would be bettered, yet here we have it in Round 2 of the 2009 season. Quinn has done plenty to impress his adopted club working overtime to develop his skills, fitness and body to give him the first shot at the big time. Quinn showed his determination in a final quarter burst in the NAB cup game against the Bulldogs - but many of those Irishmen who have come before him have been given a taste of things in preseason almost as a reward for making the big transition. But make no mistake any match for premiership points is no token reward and Essendon fans and the folk of County Longford will be watching his debut closely.

Another who might take a glance at Quinn's debut might be agent Ricky Nixon, who reportedly rubbished Essendon's trialing and signing of Quinn who was not identified as part of Nixon's scouting network in Ireland last year (and Essendon did not join Nixon's program either). Quinn's success might provide a rethink on how Nixon and his scouts look at the attributes of potential Irish talent. Quinn has been named in the forward pocket for the match against the Fremantle Dockers kicking off at 1.10pm tomorrow at Docklands Stadium.

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Quinn in
Authored by: Joel Adin Porretta on Sunday, April 05 2009 @ 05:55 pm ACST

Cause Quinn is playing for Essendon why don't they form a club in Ireland and call it the County Longford Bombers and have them play in the ARFLI.

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Authored by: Aaron Richard on Monday, April 06 2009 @ 12:41 pm ACST

With the GAA already being a bit cautious about AFL clubs scouting players, I think for anyone in Australia to set up a development club in Ireland and play it in the ARFLI would actually create a bit of anger on the Irish side and probably lessen your chances of getting more Irish talent into the AFL.

If the Papuans coming into the Gold Coast squad start making it into the AFL within a couple of years, that might change the way clubs think about overseas recruiting (and using the intl rookie list) - if there are quality footballers to be found closer to home, clubs would look beyond Ireland.