Career: 2001 - 2003
Debut: Round 17, 2002 vs Sydney, aged 20 years, 78 days
1059th Carlton Player
Guernsey No. 26
Last Game: Round 21, 2003 vs Hawthorn, aged 21 years, 104 days
DOB: May 10, 1982
Picked at 46 in the 2000 National draft, O'Keeffe was a left foot half back flanker / defender, who appeared to be able to run all day but couldn't earn enough of the ball- never more than 8 possessions in any of the 6 games he ended up playing.
He spent all of 2001 in the VFL and would not play his first game until Round 17 of the following season. He would manage just one more game in 2002 - the thrashing at the hands of Collingwood the following week. At the end of 2002 he was de-listed but picked up again as a Rookie and promoted back to the senior list for the Round 18, 2003 match and went on to play the next 4 games (2 as a late change) before again being delisted (permanently).
O'Keeffe was a strong performer at VFL level in 2003, earning himself a promotion to the Carlton senior list. He was delisted at the end of that season, having played 6 games and kicked 1 goal.
He was the first of the Class of 2000 to be let go by Carlton.
O'Keeffe was recruited from the Murray Bushrangers U/18's, he had previously played at Wangaratta Rovers and Glenrowan.
O'Keeffe signed on to play with VFL team Sandringham for the 2004 season.