The arrival of Geelong big man, Darcy Fort has been a welcome one for Brisbane Lions ruckman, Oscar McInerney.

Speaking to Lions Media, the 27-year-old said he was excited about the prospect of teaming up with the former Cat.

“Darcy coming along has been great. It’s nice to have another big boy out on the track to work alongside and wrestle in the contest,” McInerney said.

And there seems to be plenty of healthy competition between the two, with ‘The Big O’ saying he’s been learning what he can from Fort.

“It’s been great to pick Darcy’s brain about what he’s learnt in his journey and to ruck against him. I’m hoping we can form a really good duo this year.”

“Having him out on the track, it’s certainly pushing us both to another level and we’re setting the standards for each other so we can have as good a year as possible,” McInerney said.

The Big O had a breakout 2021 season, amassing 672 hitouts and placing 3rd overall in the competition behind only Max Gawn and Nic Naitanui.

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But the best may still be ahead of the 204cm ruckman, who says he’ll be taking what he learnt last year and looking to go one better in 2022.

“I learnt so much last year and it was unbelievable to verse great ruckman every week. I just want to work my way up and continue to improve.”

“It’s been great to build into a pre-season and the boys look to be in great shape. We’re really hopeful we can have a great year this year.”