Darcy was one of the draft-bolters during the 2013 NAB AFL Draft. In what was a very impressive campaign for Vic Metro during the 2013 NAB National Championships, Darcy displayed elite speed, decision-making and finesse through his work in the backline. Not only do Darcy’s abilities see him eliminate his opponents from games, his ability to rebound, counter-attack and run and carry is what makes him a highly versatile and dynamic player. Furthermore, Darcy had a fantastic year for the Oakleigh Chargers in the TAC CUP and Scotch College in the APS.
Darcy entered Port Adelaide ahead of the 2014 season, where he was closely developed and matured through the SANFL. Despite not making a senior appearance in his first or second year, Darcy showed great progress as a player in the SANFL and was re-signed during this time. He was an integral part of the Port Adelaide Magpies’ Grand Final appearance in 2014 and their finals campaign in 2015.
2016 was Darcy’s breakout year, making his debut in round 3 against Essendon. Darcy immediately impressed, collecting 14 possessions in his first game, followed by 21 the following week. He remained a senior player for the entirety of the 2016 season with an impressive 15.6 disposal average and 2.4 tackles per game. Darcy was awarded a NAB Rising Star nomination during his round 10 appearance against Melbourne after he kicked a goal, collected 23 disposals, 8 marks, four inside-50s and three rebounds.
Byrne-Jones continued his excellent run of form into the 2017 season, finding further improvement and consistency in his game. The agile defender found himself providing further rebound for his team and finding a permanent place in the Power’s backline. 2018 saw a continuation of the previous years form playing 21 games and averaging 17 disposals and 3 tackles per game. Darcy’s gradual rise to the senior side has been a product of his determined attitude throughout his two seasons in the SANFL and is a true testament to his resilient and hard-working character.