Having arrived at Alberton as a skinny small defender, Byrne-Jones has developed into a versatile backman whose running capacity is an asset. Known as 'Hank' for his aggressive mindset on the field - a reference to Jim Carrey's split personality in Me, Myself and Irene - he is never one to shirk a contest. He is fast across the field and has the discipline to shut down an opponent.
Since debuting at AFL level in Round 3, 2016, the Oakleigh Chargers product has missed just one game through a club-imposed suspension. His 2020 season saw him earn All-Australian honours for the first time as well as his first John Cahill Medal as the club’s best and fairest player, seeing him go on better after finishing runner up in 2019. Elevated into the leadership group in 2021, Byrne-Jones has become one of the first selected by coach Ken Hinkley owing to his reliability and willingness to put his body on the line for the side.
- Rising Star nominee (Round 10, 2016)
- All Australian (2020)
- John Cahill Medal (2020)
- Runner-up best and fairest (2019)
- Coaches’ Award (2019)