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Former Derry star Glass to make AFL debut down under

 

By Colm Keys

Former Derry minor Conor Glass will make his AFL debut this weekend after being elevated to the 22-man match-day squad for Hawthorn's game with Fremantle Dockers. Glass (19) is one of 12 Irish players now on AFL books and is the second to make his debut in 2017 in his first full year.

Glass linked up with the Melbourne-based club last year after signing at the end of 2015, and has impressed with the Hawks' affiliate club in the Victorian Football League, Box Hill Hawks.

Earlier this year former Kerry minor Mark O'Connor made his debut for Geelong in round eight of the AFL, the second quickest elevation for an Irish recruit behind Longford's Michael Quinn, who made it in round two in 2009.

Martin Clarke was another to quickly rise through the ranks, stepping out for Collingwood's senior squad in the 12th round of the 2007 season.

Glass will be the 21st of the 51 contracted Irish players to have played VFL/AFL since Paul Earley's pioneering elevation in 1984.

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