Colin O’Riordan was drafted during the 2015 International Draft by the Sydney Swans. Originating from Ireland as a Gaelic Football player for Tipperary, Colin has shown great ability and class in his transition into the AFL. Playing the majority of the 2016 NEAFL season with the Swans, Colin displayed huge potential as a dynamic defender. The 188cm athlete had some outstanding performances, putting himself in the eye of senior selectors in his debut year. Colin’s 2016 season was highly impressive with consistent showings in his defensive work, complimented by his hard-running and attacking. He also made brief appearances in the midfield. Sadly, Colin missed the 2016 finals campaign due to a punctured lung which was obtained during a match.
2017 was a further step forward in Colin’s development as the large utility showcased great ability and diversity in his role. He showcased immense development in his skill and often played higher up the ground as a hard-running wing. His season was highlighted in his 31 disposal game in round 10 of the season where he broke the game open with his great running and execution. Sadly, Colin missed a handful of games towards the tail-end of the year due to an ankle injury. He returned for the final two games of the year.
2018 has begun well for O’Riordan, featuring in both AFL pre-season tournaments in AFLX and the JLT Community Series. Here, Colin showed great maturity, poise and ability at the highest level. His ball use was pleasing as was his work-rate and commitment. Colin will be eager to make a senior debut for the Swans during the 2018 season. A very exciting prospect.