Ugandan Emmanuel Irra Training With Port Adelaide
Monday, November 21 2016 @ 11:31 am ACDT
Contributed by: Wesley Hull
Lee Gaskin reports on the www.afl.com.au website that Port Adelaide are set to be the next club to place an African born player on their list with the opportunity given to Ugandan born Emmanuel Irra.
PORT Adelaide is set to have the first Ugandan player on an AFL list, with midfielder Emmanuel Irra training with the Power.
The versatile 22-year-old has been granted permission to train with the Power ahead of the national, pre-season and rookie drafts.
If Irra is not selected during the draft process, the Power is free to list him as a Category B Rookie since the club earlier nominated him for its next generation academy.
Irra joined the Power for its first pre-season training session featuring the entire squad at Alberton Oval on Monday.
He has played 38 SANFL games for South Adelaide since graduating from Sacred Heart College.
He and his family fled war-torn Uganda and arrived in Australia when Irra was 11 in 2005.
At 183cm and 82kg, Irra is a powerful midfielder who can bust through tackles and uses the ball well.
Under the new AFL rules, clubs can list players as Category B rookies from the AFL's indigenous and multicultural academies.
The Power's senior players joined for a one-hour session with the club's first to fourth year players, who have been training for the past two weeks.
Original story can be found at: http://www.afl.com.au/news/2016-11-21/ugandan-emmanuel-irra-training-with-port-adelaide