Conor Glass is Hawthorn’s first ever Irishman to represent the club at AFL level. The young but incredibly athletic Irishman finished school ahead of the 2017 season in Ireland, before heading to Australia and joining the club. Connor was recruited through the 2016 AFL Rookie Draft and was taken at pick 62 with an international scholarship selection. Prior to being injected into the AFL system, Glass was a Gaelic footballer who represented Derry, which was where Hawthorn monitored Glass for 2 years before signing him at the age of 19.
Glass began his AFL career in the VFL with Hawthorn’s affiliate, Box Hill. Glass was very impressive, showcasing great speed, endurance and intensity. He played a total of 13 games for the reserves side, averaging 15 disposals, 4 marks and 3 tackles. Conor poses as an incredibly exciting running half-back that, considering only is in his debut season, has great heights to achieve in the future ahead. In the lead up to Round 18 in the AFL, Glass was called upon to senior elevation where he was to represent Hawthorn’s senior side against Fremantle. Glass proved to be an incredibly worthwhile elevation as he not only impressed in his first AFL showing, he remained a senior player for the remainder of the season, totalling 6 games for the 2017 season. Throughout his 6 games, the half-back averaged a promising 12.7 disposals, 7.5 kicks and 2.8 tackles a game.
Despite the Irishman being so young to the game, his ability and development has been extraordinary and his future will only improve. The coming seasons will help Conor develop his fitness, education and experience and he will no doubt continue to delight the Hawthrown Football Club.