Nixon targets top talent
PAUL Conroy (Galway) and James Kielt (Derry) were among the high-profile young footballers who attended a camp organised by Australian Rules agent Ricky Nixon in Gormanston College yesterday.
Around 18 players attended, in what was the latest attempt by Nixon to screen young Irish talent with a view to luring them to Australia to try their skills in the AFL.
Others in Nixon's sights are: Ronan Steede (Galway), Niall McKenna (Tyrone), Donie Shine (Roscommon), Barry Reilly (Cavan), Shane McDonald, Jack Sheehan (both Dublin), Michael Murphy, Sean O'Kennedy, Ross Whearity, Darren McGeever, Sean O'Kennedy (all Donegal), Caolan O'Boyle (Derry), Ciaran Hughes (Monaghan), Brian Sheridan (Meath).
Donegal sharpshooter Murphy was linked with a move Down Under late last year, and looks certain to attract plenty of interest from Aussie clubs again.
Nixon is also reputedly interested in Dublin trio, Rory O'Carroll, Paddy Andrews and James McCarthy but it's understood they were not present at yesterday's trials.