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'I could just see in his eyes there was no fear' - praise for Louth's Ciaran Byrne after AFL debut

Carlton coach Mick Malthouse was impressed by the 20 year-old’s fearless attitude.

Ciaran Byrne in action against Essendon last Saturday.
Ciaran Byrne in action against Essendon last Saturday.

LOUTH’S CIARAN BYRNE has been lauded for his fearless attitude in his AFL debut last Saturday by Carlton coach Mick Malthouse.

Byrne was introduced during the third quarter of the Round 3 game against the Essendon Bombers which Carlton lost out in by 105-84 at the MCG.

The 20 year-old rookie made 5 kicks, 4 handballs, 9 disposals and one mark during his short time in action and Malthouse was pleased with how he fared.

Carlton are still to win a game this season with a clash against St Kilda in Wellington next up for them in Round 4 next Saturday afternoon. Byrne will be hopeful of seeing action along with Irish teammate Zach Tuohy but injury continues to rule out Cork’s Ciaran Sheehan.

“It’s great for the spirit, it’s fantastic for our football club,” Malthouse told the Carlton website.

“I was a bit worried about telling him earlier in the week but he said, ‘don’t worry, I don’t get too nervous’. Then you have to cast your mind back, he has played before some massive crowds at Croke Park in Dublin.

Carlton coach Mick Malthouse Source: YouTube Screengrab

“So the crowd weren’t going to get him. In fact some players relish that crowd. I want them to and he ate it up. In fact when I said to him before three-quarter time, ‘you’re on’, I could just see in his eyes there was no fear. Fabulous story.”

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