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Rhys Dickinson  November 3, 2017 12:45 PM

Shuey press conference 03.11.17 West Coast Eagles midfielder Luke Shuey speaks to the media after being added to the 2017 Virgin Australia International Rules Series squad

Luke Shuey will live out a childhood dream when he pulls on the green and gold in the upcoming Virgin Australia International Rules Series.

Shuey was one of six players added to Australia’s squad yesterday. He was picked on the back of earning selection in the 2016 Virgin Australia all-Australian squad.

The Eagles joint vice-captain said he was looking forward to taking on Ireland in the two-test series, which kicks off in Adelaide on November 12.

“The criteria has been that you have to have been an all-Australian in the last few years and I thought that was still the case,” Shuey said.

“I wasn’t going to remind them I wasn’t all-Australian; I was hoping it had just slipped through the cracks.

“It was an opportunity I couldn’t really say no to. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time. I’m pumped to get the opportunity.”

Shuey said former teammate come West Coast midfield coach Sam Mitchell had played a part in his preparations for the International Series throughout the year.

Mitchell, an avid soccer fan, often dragged out a round ball ahead of training sessions and incorporated it into the Eagles’ warm-up routine.

“I actually snuck a bit of training in throughout the year because … Sam Mitchell loved his soccer and we found ourselves kicking a soccer ball around most sessions for a bit of fun,” Shuey said.

Likening himself to revered Aussie entertainer John Farnham, Shuey said he was looking forward to playing another ‘last game’ at Subiaco Oval on November 18.

He was also excited to rub shoulders with some of the AFL’s top players, including Patrick Dangerfield, Rory Sloane, Gary Ablett, Joel Selwood and Nat Fyfe.

“I guess I’ll learn a little bit off all the guys,” he said.

“It’s a pretty star-studded line-up; I might spend a bit of time warming the pine. I will be good fun. I will learn a bit off all the guys and see a few different things they do. It will be good to rub shoulders with a lot of them.”