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Season review: Ciaran Byrne

Casey's story Follow the story as Ciaran Byrne finds out he will debut for the Blues in round 3
Blues fans were treated to a little taste of Ciaran Byrne's enormous potential. (Photo: AFL Photos)
Blues fans were treated to a little taste of Ciaran Byrne's enormous potential. (Photo: AFL Photos)

With the team now on a break, we’re taking a look back at each player’s year in statistics. Here's the review for Carlton's Irish rookie Ciaran Byrne:

Season 2015: 1
Career: 1

KEY AFL STATISTICS (averages in brackets)
Disposals: 9 (9.00) Uncontested Possessions: 6 (6.00) Tackles: 1 (1.00) One Percenters: 2 (2.00)

After a solid pre-season Ciaran Byrne was upgraded from the rookie list in April and made his debut against Essendon in Round 3.

The Irishman was impressive and explosive in his first AFL game, so it was devastating when he suffered a hamstring injury at training the week after making his debut.

Setbacks in recovery followed, which ultimately ruled Byrne out for the rest of the AFL season.

In July, the 20-year-old did manage to play two consecutive games for the Northern Blues in the VFL, but once again injured the same hamstring.

After another pre-season we’re all hoping Byrne will be fighting fit heading into 2016.

“I’ve worked really hard on my game and I’ve tried to act like a sponge and absorb as much information as possible. Now I’m getting my chance at the ‘G this Saturday running out against Essendon, which is fantastic, but most importantly for the team I want us to get a win.”

- Ciaran Byrne, speaking to Carlton’s media manager Loretta Johns in the lead-up to his debut against Essendon in Round 3.

“He’s probably developed quicker than I did. A lot of the Irish guys are the same – there is a similar skill set and Ciaran uses the ball well and he’s very quick.

“He likes to run and that’s what makes him stand out. When you are as skillful as Ciaran, running is your best friend.”

- Fellow Irishman and teammate Zach Tuohy speaking about Bryne in the lead-up to his first AFL game.

Having only played AFL for 18 months, Ciaran Byrne’s debut on the MCG proved to be a season highlight and a lesson in determination. The moment was made even more special with his parents making the trip from Ireland.