Lauren Magee will join Dublin teammates Sinead Goldrick and Niamh McEvoy on the Melbourne squad

Dublin’s Lauren Magee in the Melbourne FC strip, Magee is heading to Melbourne to play in the AFLW 2021 season
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Dublin’s Lauren Magee is heading to Australia later in the year to play for Melbourne FC in the new season of the AFLW.

Magee will join fellow Dublin teammates Sinead Goldrick and Niamh McEvoy who have agreed to return to Melbourne FC for the new season once Dublin’s championship campaign has finished.

Lauren, Sinead and Niamh will become the first trio from the same county to represent a club in the AFLW.

The Kilmacud Crokes and Dublin star has three All Ireland Senior Ladies Football titles to her name and also won an All-Star Award in 2018, Lauren will hope to add a fourth All Ireland title this year.

Magee will also be hoping to win a senior county title with Kilmacud Crokes before heading down-under.

Crokes reached the final last season and lost out to Foxrock Cabinteely after extra-time. Kilmacud are just one game away from a return to this years final having secured their semi-final place last night.

Having followed Magee’s Gaelic efforts last season, AFLW list manager Todd Patterson said he was thrilled to be welcoming the talent to Melbourne.

“It’s really exciting for us to be able to sign Lauren and have her join our women’s program,” he told Melbourne Media.

“Lauren is an explosive and aggressive player, who has had a very successful career for Dublin over a long period of time.

“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.”

With a rich sporting heritage, in which her dad Johnny and uncle Darren both played for Dublin, the 23-year-old is delighted to be joining the Demons.

“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,” Magee told Melbourne Media.

“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.”

Playing alongside McEvoy and Goldrick for several years at Dublin, Magee said the pair were a big factor in making the switch.

“They have definitely been a huge influence on my decision to go to Melbourne,” she said.

“Listening to them speak about their experience with the club is inspiring and so positive, and it makes the prospect of moving so far away much easier for me.

“I was following all their games last year, so can’t wait to be training with them once my Dublin season is over.”

While the pair will be a friendly reminder of home, they will also be a big part of Magee’s development.

With a season of AFLW in the books, Patterson said McEvoy and Goldrick will be invaluable in helping prepare their fellow recruit.

“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,” he said.

“This will set Lauren up well to be a strong contributor for a number of years to come.”

The signings, again, carry a special meaning for the Demons, with the late Jim Stynes hailing from the county.

And Melbourne hopes its ongoing relationship with Dublin would be one that would make the red and blue favourite proud.

“We can’t thank Dublin enough for their support of all three girls,” Patterson said.

“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.

“Having personally met with Mick Bohan, it is clear why the three girls have had the amount of success they have had under his management.

“They do miss National League fixtures (one of the two major trophies) whilst being here, so for Mick and Dublin to support them in pursuing additional dreams and experiences is something we are very grateful for.”

Magee was just as appreciative, expressing her thanks for her home club.

“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,” she said.

“I’m very grateful to them.”