Mayo minor star Cian Hanley looks set to join his brother Pearce at the Brisbane Lions.
The teenager is expected to join the Aussie Rules club as an international rookie despite suffering a serious knee ligament injury in Mayo's All-Ireland minor semi-final defeat to Kerry 11 days ago.
Lions football manager Dean Warren said the injury was a setback but did not alter Brisbane’s plans to bring Cian to Australia on an International Rookie contract when the players return from their annual leave.
“It is really shattering for him, but we have made a commitment to him and we will stick by him,’’ he said.
“It is an opportunity for us, he will be able to do a lot of skill acquisition training and work in the gym so we don’t think we’ll lose that much time because of the injury.’’
His brother Pearce said: “I may have him covered for pace, but endurance wise, he was light years in front of me.
“I’m thrilled I can be here to help him out but having family here, and another Irishman, will be great for me too.
“I have missed out on watching him play his football so far, so I am really looking forward to that also.”