AFL News: Gold Coast delisted Sun Patrick Murtagh taking NFL punt … but not as a punter

Recently axed from the Gold Coast, Patrick Murtagh is one of 45 athletes from 13 countries invited to the National Football League’s (NFL) International Combine in London.

But Murtagh — who has an impressive vertical jump and was a state decathlon champion before joining the AFL — is trying his hand at something other than the AFL’s American football pioneers.

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While previous AFL players like Darren Bennett, Ben Graham, Saverio Rocca, and more recently Arryn Siposs have broken into the NFL as players, Murtagh wants to use his athletic versatility as a “tight end.”

The tight end is a hybrid position and plays as a pass catcher and offensive lineman, so he needs speed and size.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JULY 03: Patrick Murtagh of the Suns takes possession of the ball during the VFL 15 game between the Coburg Lions and Gold Coast Suns at Piranha Park on July 03, 2022 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Morgan Hancock/AFL Photos/via Getty Images) Recognition: Morgan Hancock/AFL photos/via Getty Images

Murtagh was drafted by the Gold Coast Academy in 2019 after showing promise as a mobile forward/ruck in that year’s Academy series. He also plays as a key defender.

He was delisted from Gold Coast in mid-September after failing to appear at senior level, but at 196cm and 98kg he has the size, versatility and athletic ability to make it as a close finish.

The Combine aims to discover talent from around the world and participants will undergo a series of tests in front of NFL evaluators at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on October 3-4. Selected athletes then enter the NFL’s International Player Pathway (IPP) program, which could ultimately lead to a spot on an NFL roster.

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After the international combine, a select number of athletes who meet specific performance requirements are invited to train in the United States for three months.

Jakob Johnson and Jordan Mailata are some of the NFL players who have gone through this program.

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