Sligo’s Luke Towey makes switch to AFL

The Gold Coast SUNS Australia Rules team team have announced the signing of St Molaise Gaels and Sligo gaelic footballer Luke Towey on a rookie contract.

The 20-year-old joins the SUNS after being invited to spend time immersed in trial programme late in the season following a strong showing at the AFL Europe combine and a visit to Melbourne earlier this year.

Towey, who’s 20 years of age, impressed SUNS recruiters with his speed, agility and willingness to learn the game.

Towey said he was delighted to be given an opportunity to succeed at Australia’s game, as he sets his sights on developing his craft across half back.

“It’s kind of surreal, it’s been a long process going back over 12 months but when I got the call to come over to Australia, I was absolutely delighted for the opportunity,” Towey said.

“To come over and trial with this great club and see first-hand the AFL environment and culture was unreal.

“The group of lads, the coaches and all the facilities are all top class and I’m looking forward to being a part of the club’s future.”

The SUNS have a another Irish footballer Pierce Hanley on their books.

Towey is a former Sligo underage teammate of Red Óg Murphy who recently returned home from Australia after a spell with North Melbourne.

The north Sligo man will join his new teammates at the end of October to begin the 2020 AFL pre-season.