Armagh youngster Ross McQuillan has signed for Aussie Rules outfit Essendon as an international rookie.

The St Patrick's club man, who was named on the U20 team of the year in 2018 and has featured in the Allianz Football League for the Orchard County, has signed a contract with the Melbourne team until 2021.

The 6'2" 20-year-old is renowned for his blistering pace and has also represented Northern Ireland in basketball.

McQuillan will become a clubmate former of Tyrone minor Conor McKenna who has established himself as a starter since joining 'The Bombers' in 2014. Longford's Michael Quinn also played for Essendon in 2009-10.

Essendon's general manager of list and recruiting Adrian Dodoro said McQuillan possessed great potential.

"After extensive sessions with Ross, we believe he has what it takes to become a successful AFL player given his lateral movement, skills on both sides of his body and kicking ability," Dodoro said.

"Ross ran an outstanding time of 2.77 seconds for his 20-metre sprint, which would make him the quickest player on our list.

"Most importantly, Ross displays the Essendon values through his drive and determination to succeed.

"We look forward to officially welcoming Ross into the club when he arrives in November."

Following AFL trials earlier this year, Wexford's Barry O'Connor signed with Sydney Swans and Sligo's Luke Towey has been linked with Gold Coast Suns.

Donegal's Oisin Gallen and Meath's Cian McBride are expected to take part in open training sessions for AFL sides within the next fortnight.