St Kilda has added some Irish flair to its list heading into Season 2024, signing Gaelic football young gun Liam O’Connell as a Category B Rookie.

Recruited from Cork and Ballincollig, the 20-year-old was first scouted out by the club throughout June and July following his impressive form while playing in the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA).

O’Connell lived in Western Australia for several years as a child, before returning to Ireland when he was 11 years of age to put his name on the map for County Cork.


“We’re pleased to have Liam join our list and are excited at what the future could hold for him,” List Manager Stephen Silvagni said.

“Liam’s athleticism is his standout feature, while his Gaelic football skills should translate well to what is required on the football field in AFL.

We have seen many successful Irish recruits thrive in the competition for many years, and hope Liam will follow in their footsteps in time.

- Stephen Silvagni

“We wish Liam all the best as he begins this exciting new chapter in his life at St Kilda.”

O’Connell said he was eager to commence his first AFL pre-season on Monday week, having only arrived in the country on Wednesday.

“It all happened very quickly, but I’m so glad to be here now,” O’Connell said.

“I can’t wait to get stuck in and learn more about the game and contribute.”