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09.03.2017 11:52 Age: 14 days
By: JESS WEBSTER

Former Brisbane midfielder O'Brien lured to Students


Former Lion Zac O'Brien has joined Uni. Photo: NEAFL.

 

 

Two-time NEAFL Team of the Year member Zac O’Brien will return to the competition this year after being lured to Sydney University.

The former Brisbane Lions midfielder played at West Adelaide in the SANFL last year after being delisted by the Lions at the end of 2015.

The 26-year old played 13 games across two seasons with the Lions, including a 30-disposal effort against Geelong at Simmonds Stadium.

He averaged 34 possessions in the NEAFL in 2015, including a 52-disposal effort against the Sydney Swans.

Speaking to the club’s website, O’Brien said he was looking forward to joining an ‘exciting’ list at Sydney University.

O'Brien will join an already star-studded midfield featuring the likes of best-and-fairest winner Matt Rawlinson, Lewis Stevenson another new signing in Jon Williams.

“I’m really excited to have signed with Sydney Uni. They are a club with great culture that are heading in the right direction and I really wanted to be a part of that,” he said.

“I think we have an exciting list that can challenge AFL clubs. I’m looking forward to working with Morro (Tom Morrison) and the boys to have a successful season.”

Originally from Victoria, O’Brien also spent time with the Essendon VFL side prior to being drafted pick 23 in the 2014 rookie draft.

SUANFC General Manager Chris Goodrope also spoke highly of the Student’s latest signing ahead of ther first practice match against the Swans on March 18.

“Zac is a great young man and although entering our program at this late stage of the pre-season, Zac has already had an enormous impact on the playing group. The boys are extremely excited to have Zac join SUANFC,” he said.

“He’s still only 26-years-old and is in the prime of his football career. He will not only offer great leadership and add to our midfield depth, but will also provide that extra level of AFL experience and professionalism. This will prove invaluable to the club both on and off the field.

“Zac wants to be part of a great culture and positive environment. We feel as though Sydney University is a great fit for him and can’t wait to see him play his role and work towards something special with our playing group in 2017.”

You can keep up-to-date with the latest NEAFL player movements here.

Check out the full pre-season practice match schedule here.

 

 


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