Sydney Swans VFL side throws luckless Paddy McCartin a footy lifeline

Luckless former St Kilda spearhead Paddy McCartin has been thrown a footy lifeline by the Sydney Swans who have added him to their VFL side for season 2021.

The former No.1 pick’s AFL career was ruined by repeated concussions, and after only managing 35 games in five years, his time at Moorabbin came to an end in 2019.

But after taking a year off from footy, the 24-year-old is back and his hopes of reviving his AFL career are alive again.

Paddy McCartin.Credit:Getty Images

Sydney coach John Longmire stated late last year that his club, where McCartin’s brother Tom plays, had shown interest in McCartin and considered selecting him in one of the drafts but ultimately opted against it.

“It’s good being in Sydney with some nice weather, the beaches and being around my brother Tom,” McCartin said.

“When I got drafted he was only 15 and I missed him growing up a little bit, so to be back with him and see him every day is awesome.

“It’s been a long journey to get to this point, but I have taken a lot out of it and learnt a lot, so I think it will put me in good stead for what’s to come.”

Sydney VFL coach Jeremy Laidler was looking forward to adding McCartin to the playing group.

“It’s really exciting for Paddy to come to Sydney and be in a new environment and get the chance to continue his career,” Laidler said.

“To have a player of his calibre around our group is fantastic. We have a lot of young players, and although he is only 24, he will bring a lot to the team.”

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