Rookie James Madden (2019-)

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The Brisbane Lions are excited to announce the signing of fast and agile Irishman, James Madden.

The Dubliner will join the Lions after signing a two-year contract as a Category B Rookie for the 2019 and 2020 AFL season.

The Irishman broke the all-time AFL Draft Combine 20 metre sprint record at the European Combine last year, running at 2.69 seconds. He also travelled to Florida, USA to train with the AFL Academy.

In his homeland, Madden stars for Dublin in both Gaelic football and Hurling but is ready to test the water in AFL in Australia.

“A lot of Irish lads would love to get this opportunity. You’ve really got to cherish it. It’s a good challenge obviously, new experience, new country, new city,” Madden told lions.com.au.

After signing with the Club, the 18-year-old has been at the Gabba touring the facilities and meeting his new teammates this past week.

“I knew it had been coming for a while now and it’s great to finally be here,” he said.

Lions list manager Dom Ambrogio visited Madden and his family in Dublin earlier this year. Former Lion Cian Hanley also played a part in the recruiting process.

“He [Ambrogio] had a great chat with me and my Dad and talked through the process,” Madden said.

General Manager of Football David Noble said the Lions were impressed with Madden’s ball speed, ball control and decision making.

“In list management, it is important to explore all sport talent options,” Noble said.

“We’re excited to secure his services for the next couple of years.”

Noble believes Madden will have no troubles learning the intricacies of his new game.

“The work that our team have been doing with our first and second-year development players has been second to none. The results have shown for themselves and are really quite impressive.”

Madden will spend the next two weeks in Brisbane before flying back to Ireland.

He will re-join the Lions in November for the 2019 pre-season.

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I like the Madden game takeoff.

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Was listening to his video. Very quietly spoken boy, probably just nervous as. Seems like, character wise, he will fit in with the others.
 

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I like his attitude regarding the work ahead of him.

Everyone wants to talk about how fast he is but he very openly says (paraphrasing) “I can’t just get the ball and run, I have to bring more than that”.
 
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Brisbane Lion James Madden chasing permanent role in Chris Fagan’s senior side
ANDREW HAMILTON THE COURIER-MAIL MARCH 14, 2019
There’s a race on and you don’t bet against James Madden in a race.

The Irishman, who holds the AFL combine speed and agility records, is one of a handful of Lions jostling to put their name at the top of the list to fill the vacancy in defence Luke Hodge will leave when he hangs up the boots.

When Alex Witherden handed Hodge a beer at last year’s Christmas Party it came with the cheeky sledge that he was attempting to get in his good books early because the day was fast approaching when he pulls off the jumper for the last time and replaces it with a coach’s polo shirt.

Hodge still has an important role to play for the Lions, perhaps even more so now that new restrictions on runners will make his on-field coaching more valuable than ever.

But this year is his last and that time is exactly what Madden needs.

Brisbane Lions’ Irish recruit James Madden.
In Witherden and Daniel Rich the Lions have two superb users of the footy in their back half. Where they are short is genuine line-breaking ball carriers.

The club’s second pick in the 2017 draft, Zac Bailey, impressed there when he got his chance late last season and will receive more opportunities this year.

Madden says although he is giving his opponents a head start on the skills and some of the more intricate tactical knowledge, the one great advantage is Brisbane have told him from the start what they want from him.

“I would like to be able to do what Zac does but not exactly the same, bring a bit of Irishness to it I suppose,’’ he said.

“I know I can get there because I am lucky that I already know what my role is.’’

Madden brought a refreshing twist to the standard onstage interviews at the season launch this week when he told the crowd that the heat wasn’t the hardest thing he had to adapt to, more difficult was coming from the top of the pile in Dublin where he starred in Gaelic footy and hurling, to somewhere near the bottom at Brisbane.

Luke Hodge can’t go on forever. Pic: Michael Klein
“I’m not saying I was THE man, but I like to think I was a very important player on the team,’’ he said.

“It is a big time shock, I knew it was going to happen, but still now it is actually reality and I’m down at the bottom it is pushing me to work harder.’’

The 19-year-old impressed in an undermanned and under-siege defence against Melbourne VFL side Casey at the weekend.

“I was down there with four academy blokes, they can play but they don’t know the system that well and it is new to me,’’ he said.

“I thought I did all right considering, I got some marks and made some tackles, it was just hard to get my run off half back going.’’
 

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I like his attitude.

Ambitious, yet honest and humble about where he sits in the pecking order.

Big fish, small pond in Ireland to getting in at the ground floor in the AFL.

And no grumbling about the Brisbane heat.

Good luck to the young man.....really hopes he makes it
 
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