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Sean Hurley of Kildare is one of eleven Irish players who will be taking part in the AFL trials in London this week.

Sean Hurley of Kildare is one of eleven Irish players who will be taking part in the AFL trials in London this week.

Sean Hurley of Kildare is one of eleven Irish players who will be taking part in the AFL trials in London this week.

Eleven Irish footballers will take part in the ‘Easter Series’, the annual AFL trial in London as part of the ‘European Legion’ which will take on an Australian selection on Saturday.

The Irish contingent, which features three current Kildare senior players, will take their place among 26 players aged between 17 and 25 which will train together before playing an Australian selection at the weekend.

The Irish groupis by far the biggest of the six countries that have players taking part. Croatia (3), Denmark (6), England (4), Germany (1) and Sweden (1) are the other countries with players involved in the training week and game, according to GAA.ie.

There are four Kildare players taking part - brothers Daniel Flynn and Luke Flynn, Paddy Brophy and Seán Hurley, with Brophy the only non-Johnstownbridge club man.

Hurley has already been heavily linked with a switch to the AFL, having been on the radar of Fremantle since impressing in the AFL Draft Combine in October 2013.

Daniel Flynn made the switch to the AFL late last year, but he returned to Ireland after a short period with Port Adelaide. His participation in this week's trial suggests he may well be open to a return.

Mayo pair Stephen Coen (Hollymount/Carramore) and Shehroz Akram (Ballaghaderreen) are both involved, as are Ciaron O'Hanlon (Armagh), Pádraig Lucey (Kerry), Colin O'Riordan (Tipperary), Peter Cooke (Galway) and Conor McKenna (Tyrone).

"We're really looking forward to the week," said former Kerry and Sydney Swans star Tadhg Kennelly, who will coach the European Legion side.

"Spending the time together to train alongside the best young players from Australia is a new and exciting opportunity.”

“It's going to accelerate their skills and show us who can handle the pressure best, not to mention the time the AFL Club recruiters will get to watch and speak with them.”

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