MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 15: Colin O'Riordan of the Swans celebrates with fans after winning the round 17 AFL match between the North Melbourne Kangaroos and the Sydney Swans at Etihad Stadium on July 15, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

The Swans’ latest youngster Colin O’Riordan showed on Sunday what the AFL will come to expect great things from the former Gaelic footballer.

Former Dons captain Tim Watson likened the 22-year old to premiership Swan Tadhg Kennelly, saying he may even be better already, given his shining debut performance for the Swans six-point win on Sunday.

“O’Riordan, who debuted yesterday, the Irishman, he might be every bit as good as any of the Irish players,” Watson told SEN Breakfast.

“He might be better than Tadhg Kennelly on one performance that I watched yesterday.

“There must be supporters from clubs like Carlton and other teams who look at Sydney and think, how can they do this, how can they just continuously produce these players from this football factory.

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“He broke on his right foot at one stage during the game and I thought gee he kicks the ball well, just a natural kick.”

The former Tipperary rookie was one of the best on ground for the Swans on Sunday, boasting 17 disposals, seven marks and five tackles, in what was an “extraordinary” debut for the youngster.

Sydney are currently sitting at fourth place on the ladder, just four points behind the top-of-the-table Tigers – and with the young Irishman a new addition, the Swans have a fighting chance of climbing the ranks.