Darcy ParishDarcy Parish (born 25 July 1997) is a professional Australian rules footballer with the Essendon Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). was recruited by the Essendon Football Club with the fifth overall selection in the 2015 national draft.
AFL careerParish was recruited by the Essendon Football Club with the fifth overall selection in the 2015 national draft. He was considered one of the best midfielders in the 2015 draft crop, showing tremendous form averaging 28 disposals at TAC Cup level (16 contested and 12 uncontested), plus seven clearances and five inside-50 entries, showing his all-round quality for the Geelong Falcons. He was named All-Australian in 2014 and backed it up with another selection after the 2015 AFL Under 18 Championships, and was a member of the NAB AFL Academy squad.
He made his debut in the opening round of the 2016 AFL season against at Metricon Stadium. He was rewarded with a nomination for the 2016 AFL Rising Star after he collected 21 disposals, 13 handball receives, eight tackles, and five inside-50s whilst kicking his first goal in the dying stages to seal a 13-point win against . He played 20 games in his debut season, polling 19 votes to finish fourth in the Ron Evans Medal.