Monday 24 October 2016

Joyce backs his brother to make grade Down Under

Published 06/09/2015 | 02:30

If Kieran Joyce's journey to the pinnacle of hurling has been unconventional, his younger brother Darragh's is even more so.

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He captained Kilkenny's All-Ireland winning minors last year but is now close to making a career in the AFL after impressing in last year's Europe Combine trials at DCU. He and Colin O'Riordan are the two Irish guys picked to soon try out for the AFL national draft in front of the TV cameras. Darragh's physicality and ability have alerted many scouts to his prowess. O'Riordan has four clubs interested in him and Darragh Joyce (right) won't be far off making it either.

"There's still talks ongoing," says his brother. "He is enrolling in UCD for whatever course he's doing there. But they're (AFL clubs) in constant contact and he might be going over in a couple of weeks. If certain teams like him they're going to talk. A big thing with them is getting a player that wants to stay there. They've had experiences with a lot of players that go over and come back quick."

Would Darragh fancy it? "He'd love the idea of getting paid to play. He has a few Aussie Rules balls at home that I've tried to kick but they're a hard yoke to manage. He's in fantastic shape. He's a big, tall, strong man which is ideal for AFL. We've watched a few of the games. I'd be hoping. I'd say if he got the opportunity he'd take it."

He'd be mad not to give it a shot, wouldn't he? "He would of course. He is just gone 18. No regrets."

That's a mantra Kieran Joyce has adapted for his own career.

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