The epitome of an athletic all-rounder, Barry O'Connor has a diverse sporting background that covers Gaelic Football, Hurling, Rugby, Soccer and Baseball. Now, he is adding AFL to that list.
Originating from Ireland, Barry hails from Wexford and joined the Sydney Swans as a Category B Rookie. Growing up in Ireland with his parents and two sisters, Barry’s father George was a hurling champion with his local club St. Martin’s and with the Wexford senior inter-county team from 1979 until 1996. George is regarded by some as one of Wexford’s greatest-ever players.
Barry has trained as a key defender ever since arriving at the Swans at the beginning of the 2020 pre-season, with his marking ability, strength and speed his key attributes. His move to the Swans has linked him with assistant coach Tadhg Kennelly, from county Kerry, and teammate Colin O’Riordan, from county Tipperary. At 193cm, O’Connor is skilled by both hand and foot, and could be utilised as a key-position player. He has trained as a key defender ever since arriving at the Swans at the beginning of the 2020 pre-season, with his marking ability, strength and speed his key attributes.
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