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Derry Under-20s star seals big move to Aussie Rules

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By Adam McKendry

Derry Under-20s standout Callum Brown has agreed a two-year deal with Aussie Rules side Great Western Sydney Giants.

Brown will move to Australia in November after signing a rookie deal with the club following a successful year-long trial with the Giants.

The 18-year old's move comes just days after another Derry prospect, Anton Tohill, agreed to join AFL side Collingwood, while another former Derry man, Conor Glass, is on a rookie deal with Hawthorn.

The Giants picked him up using their Irish scouting system and had him watched while playing for Limavady, before inviting him to train in Australia for two weeks under head coach Leon Cameron.

Brown was instrumental in helping Limavady to their first junior title since 2003, while he also featured at full-forward as Derry won the Ulster Under-20 Championship.

"He's an incredibly athletic and skilful player and showed an ability to pick up the nuances of AFL footy during some intensive training sessions," said Giants list manager Jason McCartney.

"We know it takes some time to adapt to our game and we won't put any pressure on him, but as an 18-year old he's a really exciting prospect."

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