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Cats recruit an Irish ruckman

Introducing Padraig Lucey Meet the newest Cat, Irishman Padraig Lucey

The Geelong Cats have signed Irishman Padraig Lucey who will join the club as a category B rookie.

After appearing on television series The Recruit, the 204cm ruckman signed with the Cats this week.

“I was fortunate enough to get the chance to go on the TV show called The Recruit,” he said.

“I got to the end of that and crossed paths with Stephen Wells and was fortunate enough to get a contract to Geelong.

“When I initially met him (Stephen Wells) there wasn’t much talk about coming to Geelong, it was just have a trial.

“Once I got down here it just felt right. Everyone was really friendly, I just felt right at home and it felt like a team I could really fit into.”

The 21-year-old from Killarney in County Kerry, Ireland has previously played basketball and Gaelic football in his home country.

Lucey also played football for the European Legion, coached by Brad Ottens, against the Australian under-18s team in 2013.

Most recently working as a pool lifeguard, Lucey also has a college degree in mathematics and geography.

Interestingly though, Lucey is not the first Irishman drafted by the Cats, Colum McManamon came to the club in 1989 but failed to play an AFL match.

“Obviously I’m a long, long way from making AFL standard but I think they see the determination in me to get there someday,” Lucey said.

Lucey will arrive at the club in November.

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