Former Cork full forward Ciaran Sheehan is set to make his professional Aussie Rules debut for Carlton this weekend.
The Cork man had a superb performance for Ireland in their dominant victory over Australia in the International Rules series last year. Sheehan was offered the chance to play for the AFL side by coach Luke Webster after the series. He was recruited as the Blues' third round pick in the 2013 rookie draft.
Webster says Sheehan has earned his opportunity through hard work.
Ciaran is the one, out of all our first year guys, who has played the most amount of footy
He started the year learning to play as a forward, and then swung around and learned to play as a backman, and he has adapted to that really well.
One of his biggest assets is his speed – and he’s defending the ball really well and also makes good decisions once he gets his hands on the footy.
Sheehan will wear the 47 jersey when the Northern Blues take on the Gold Coast Suns on Saturday.
Hat tip: Bruiser