- Sep 14, 2006
- AFL Club
- Brisbane Lions
- Other Teams
- GWS; CCMariners; NQCowboys; Ravens
BRISBANE has backed itself to turn another Irishman into an AFL footballer.
Lithuanian-born athlete Deividas Uosis, who moved to Ireland at age four, has committed to play for the Lions, the only catch being he won't officially be on the club's list until 2021.
All Irish recruits receive a two-year international contract, typically as a Category B rookie, although AFL clubs can have just one Irishman with that status.
The 19-year-old was a standout performer at the AFL Europe Combine in December – and Brisbane, with pro scout Shane Rogers' encouragement, has moved quickly to secure his signature.
Uosis, who turns 20 in June, stands 182cm and was the fastest AFL Europe Combine participant over 20m (2.76sec) and placed fourth in agility testing (7.92sec).
Both of those times would have ranked first at last year's NAB AFL Draft Combine.
Uosis' result in the Yo-Yo test (21.5) was also superior to Hawthorn's father-son recruit Finn Maginness, the Australian Combine's top overall performer.
Deividas Uosis, who starred at the AFL Europe Combine in December, will join Brisbane's list in 2021
YET ANOTHER young Kerry footballer is set to join the AFL.
Deividas Uosis is heading to Brisbane Lions after catching the eye of scouts at the AFL Europe Combine, held in UCD back in December 2019.
Lithuanian-born former Kerry minor Uosis emigrated to Ireland when he was four with his parents, who were seeking work. Since then he has gone on to show promise in Gaelic football, basketball and soccer.
The All-Ireland minor champion is a talented outfield player in his own right, despite starring for Dingle between the posts this year. He has also been involved with the Kerry senior set up.
Uosis has confirmed that he has established an agreement with the Queensland club and plans to take up an international rookie contract offer for two years in October.
The gaelic football playing pitches of Ireland are empty, barren and forlorn.
Nobody is kicking a speculative shot over the bar from all of 40 metres, or plucking the ball out of the sky in the middle of the field. There is no crunching clash of shoulder to shoulder as the corner-back tries to beat the corner-forward to the latest pinpoint delivery into the inside line.
The goalkeeper's gloves remain in the gearbag at home. Under the cupboard. Gathering dust. The kicking tee is also marooned inside in the bag. There is no use for any of them at this moment in time.