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Stynes’ legacy continues as Demons sign Irishwoman Magee

“It’s really exciting for us to be able to sign Lauren and have her join our women’s program. Lauren is an explosive and aggressive player, who has had a very successful career for Dublin over a long period of time,” Patterson said.

“She is really invested in learning the game and has already shown great improvement in the time that we have known her. Lauren is a really exciting prospect for our program and our club.

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“It’ll be great having Lauren learn the game, not only from our group but also Niamh and Sinead, who had had the experience before. This will set Lauren up well to be a strong contributor for a number of years to come.

“The connection to Dublin is one that holds great meaning and value to our club, and it’s really special that we can continue Jim’s legacy.”

Magee said she was looking forward to making her presence felt.

“I decided to pursue AFLW as a personal challenge to learn a new game and its skills. I really respect the game and to train and play at a professional level is something I’m extremely grateful for,” Magee said.

“There’s many skills that transfer over from Gaelic to AFLW, the foot pass, high catch, and tackling particularly. I hope my tackling and speed can add to the team performance.

“It’s an incredible experience to be given the opportunity to play AFLW, especially for a club like Melbourne that has a close connection to Dublin GAA. For me, I can’t wait to challenge myself to learn the game and skills to play a part in the Melbourne team. I was following all their games last year, so can’t wait to be training with them once my Dublin season is over.

“I don’t think I’d be given the chance to play for Melbourne if it wasn’t for the development and training that I got through, all my club and Dublin coaches over the years. I’m very grateful to them.”

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