Rookie Deividas Uosis (2020-)

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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.

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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.



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.
 

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Sounds like it's going ahead but is this "official" yet?

I assume they'll try and get him over after christmas
 

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Sounds like it's going ahead but is this "official" yet?

I assume they'll try and get him over after christmas
Yes, he was prelisted as part of the 2020 draft.

Another Queensland academy product in Carter Michael also earned rookie selection, pre-listed by Brisbane having been an integral part of the Lions’ pathway setup. The versatile midfielder’s selection slipped under the radar and was only announced after the fact, but he has long been linked with a spot on the Lions’ list. He is a Category A rookie, while Irish convert Deividas Uosis has been listed as a Category B prospect. The Lithuanian-born athlete was announced as a Lions coup early in 2020, but will only officially join their list come 2021.


Current contracted for 2021: 40 (four Category A, two Category B rookies)
The Lions are jam-packed for list spots which includes two Category B rookies, Deividas Uosis and James Madden, for next season, meaning they'll be able to use only four picks across both drafts.
 

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Guernsey Numbers Revealed
Deividas Uosis – 41

The Club’s first Lithuanian born player Deividas Uosis will wear guernsey number 41.

The guernsey was worn with distinction by Queenslander Matthew Kennedy in 188 games for the Club.

He inherits the number from Matt Eagles.
 

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