Irish born Mark O’Connor comes from a Gaelic football background and made the transition to AFL after starring at the AFL’s International Combine. After being invited to the 2016 Combine in Australia, the 189cm prospect became highly sought after, eventually signing with Geelong as a Category B Rookie.
In early 2017, O’Connor was upgraded to Geelong’s senior list as his form in the VFL showed a quick uptake of the game and rapid progression of the fundamentals. O’Connor’s running capacity and disposal efficiency became key parts of his game, and he made his AFL debut in Round 8, 2017.
After managing 7 games across 2017 and 2018, O’Connor cemented his position in a strong Geelong side through the 2019 season. Now one of the first defenders selected each week, O’Connor has his sights set on joining the small but illustrious list of Irishmen to win an AFL Premiership.