O'Riordan set to make AFL debut

July 12, 2018

Tadhg Furlong and Colin O'Riordan at the Ireland Rugby Squad Down Day, Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney

Former Tipperary football star Colin O'Riordan is set to make his AFL debut with Sydney Swans this weekend.

O'Riordan, who joined the Swans on an international rookie contract in 2015, will make his bow in the club's Round 17 game against North Melbourne at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

"To start the journey three years ago and now to be able to run out for my debut is something I've wanted to do ever since I came here," O'Riordan told the Sydney Swans website.

"That's what I've come to Australia to do and I'm just absolutely stoked. I have a huge sense of pride and it just feels like all the hard work has paid off.

"I didn't really know what to expect walking into the team meeting on Tuesday morning. It was all a bit surreal and I wasn't expecting to be told I'd be making my debut one little bit. Then when you walk in and the coaches are there and all the players are there it's a really special moment.

"I reflected on my journey a bit when I was told and to come from where I came from and to get the chance to make my debut is surreal."

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