Victorian midfielder Xavier O'Neill was a surprise first selection by the Eagles in the 2018 draft.
West Coast career[edit | edit source]
Having played TAC Cup for the Oakleigh Chargers but missed selection for Vic Metro, O'Neill was a draft bolter after winning the kicking test at the draft combine. On being drafted, he was described as a speedy midfielder who could win a good balance of contested and uncontested possessions.
O'Neill began slowly in the Eagles' reserves, but built some strong form by the end of the 2019 season including a 24-possession game in the club's first finals win over West Perth. He eventually broke into the side late in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, playing five games in a 19-day period during the club's second Queensland hub stay.
Stats[edit | edit source]
News[edit | edit source]
23/11/18: Eagles load up on midfielders
22/8/20: O'Neill to debut against Giants
12/10/20: Young quartet sign new deals
References[edit | edit source]
- Travis King, afl.com.au (26 November 2018), "Young Eagles with points to prove after getting their wings": http://www.afl.com.au/news/2018-11-26/young-eagles-with-points-to-prove-after-getting-their-wings
|Current playing squad|
1. Ryan, 2. Waterman, 3. Gaff, 4. Sheed, 5. Sheppard, 6. Yeo, 7. Langdon, 8. Redden, 9. Naitanui, 10. Brander