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Former Tipperary star Colin O'Riordan made his senior debut for the Sydney Swans yesterday

The 21-year-old wore number 38 in his first game for the AFL club.

FORMER TIPPERARY FOOTBALLER Colin O’Riordan made his first senior appearance for the Sydney Swans in a pre-season game yesterday.

IMG_7651 O'Riordan in action during Swans training in 2016. Source: Luke McManus/Sydney Swans

O’Riordan, who made the move Down Under in October 2015, had 12 possessions in his debut for the Swans in their two-point defeat to North Melbourne at Coffs Harbour in the JLT Community series.

The 21-year-old broke a bone in his back last August and suffered a collapsed lung while featuring for the club’s reserve side in a game against NT Thunder, a combination outfit from the Northern Territory.

IMG_3715 Source: Luke McManus/Sydney Swans

But O’Riordan has made a full recovery from the injury and will be hoping to continue to impress ahead of Sydney’s season opener against Port Adelaide in the 46,000 all-seater SCG on 25 March.

The Swans are developing a strong young core of players and with coach John Longmire happy to give plenty of youngsters an opportunity in the pre-season.

O’Riordan, who is in his second year of an international rookie contract,  wore number 38 for the Swans.

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