Ross McQuillan has signed a two-year international rookie deal with AFL side Essendon Bombers.
The 20-year-old will be the third Irishman to join Essendon along with current player, Conor McKenna from Tyrone, and Longford's Mickey Quinn who spent time with the Melbourne side in 2009 and 2010.
McQuillan, who stands at 6' 2", was named on the U20 Football Team of the Year in 2018 and impressed at the AFL combine in UCD last winter. The Cullyhanna man subsequently took part in a trial back in April.
"After extensive sessions with Ross, we believe he has what it takes to become a successful AFL player given his lateral movement, skills on both sides of his body and kicking ability," said Essendon's Adrian Dodoro.
"Ross ran an outstanding time of 2.77 seconds for his 20-metre sprint, which would make him the quickest player on our list.
"Most importantly, Ross displays the Essendon values through his drive and determination to succeed.
"We look forward to officially welcoming Ross into the club when he arrives in November."
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