Former Brisbane Lions midfielder Zac O’Brien has signed with the Sydney University NEAFL program in the lead up to the 2017 season.
Playing at West Adelaide last year in the SANFL, O’Brien adds another edge to an already loaded Students midfield which includes the likes of Matt Rawlinson, Lewis Stevenson and new signing Jon Williams.
The 26-year old played 13 games across 2 seasons with the Lions, including a 30-disposal effort against Geelong at Simmonds Stadium.
Originally from Victoria, O’Brien also spent time with the Essendon VFL side prior to being drafted pick 23 in the 2014 rookie draft.
With experience playing for the Lions in the NEAFL, O’Brien spoke of his excitement joining the Student’s football program.
“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 apart of that” said O’Brien.
“I think we have an exciting list that can challenge AFL affiliated clubs. I’m looking forward to working with Morro (Tom Morrison) and the boys to have a successful season.”
SUANFC General Manager Chris Goodrope also spoke highly of the Student’s latest signing ahead of the side’s first practice match against the Swans next Saturday (18th).
“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” said Goodrope.
“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.”