Darren OBrien

Image DOB: 22 March 1969

Debut: Round 4, 1996 against Carlton at Princes Park,
Last Game: Round 22, 1997 against Fremantle at MCG

From: Collie/West Perth, Selection #60 1995 National Draft

Number: 38 1996-1997

Best First Year Player - 1996

Games: 24
Goals: 9
Career Statistics

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A mature aged recruit to the WAFL, where he didn't begin playing until 1994, O'Brien was picked up by Melbourne at the end of 1995 after playing in a premiership side.

Promoted to the seniors early due to the temporary absence of Todd Viney, O'Brien played most of the second half of the season and was named Best First Year Player in 1996.

After a successful rookie year the long kicking centreman and tagger could never find a permanent role in the side the next year and was delisted at the end of 1997. A knee injury which caused him to miss a month during the season hadn't helped him.

After nominating for the national draft but not being selected O'Brien returned to West Perth in 1998 and played his last season of senior football there.

He is the oldest player to make his VFL/AFL debut for Melbourne since World War II.

1996 1370
1997 1120

Interstate recruits

WAFL Online

Age - 09/12/1995
Age - 16/10/1997
Age - 24/10/1997

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