Geelong Cats draftee Connor O'Sullvan will wear the number 14 made famous by Premiership Captain Joel Selwood.

At Monday night’s AFL National Draft, Selwood presented O'Sullivan with the number he wore for 355 games, including four Premierships from six Grand Final appearances, as well as for 11 years as Captain.


The number has been vacant since Selwood’s retirement following the 2022 AFL Premiership triumph.

“It’s exciting to be here tonight to present Connor with the number that served me so well during my career,” Selwood said. “While the guernsey number is very close to my heart, I’m excited to see him run out in the number 14 and make the number his own in the years to come.”

Jumper number 14 has also previously been worn by 202-gamer David Clarke, and later his son, David Clarke, as well as premiership Cats Ian Scott and Lloyd Hagger.

O'Sullivan, taken with pick 11 on Monday night, said he was honoured to receive the number 14.

"It was amazing," O'Sullivan said on Monday night.

"To get it given to me by him is just something that words can't describe. He's a legend of the game, not just the Geelong footy club, so to have it given to me by him, it's an amazing feeling and I wouldn't trade it for the world right now." 

The 2023 AFL National Draft continues on Tuesday night, ahead of the Rookie Draft on Wednesday.