Despite not being able to secure consistent game time at senior level, Downie did feature for the Hawks in the VFL. The young midfielder played 14 games for Box Hill, averaging 14 disposals and four marks across his five 2022 appearances.
✍️ Former Hawk Connor Downie becomes a Roo!
Taken at pick No.35 in the 2020 AFL Draft, Downie is an intelligent user of the ball with a raking left foot, making him a dangerous prospect around forward 50.
Welcome to North, Connor! 🦘 pic.twitter.com/geTfZawWdA
— North Melbourne VFL (@NorthVFL) January 27, 2023
Downie has spent time training with the Kangaroos in January prior to signing with the team, alongside NAB League talents Josh Hamilton, Ned Conway and Jason McCormick.