Thu 26 November, 2009
Recruited from: PEGS/Calder Cannons
Bio: Well balanced with tremendous ball winning ability. Strong and hard at stoppages with clean skills by hand and foot. Can play both inside and outside. Vic Metro U18 representative in 2009. Won TAC Cup medal for Best on Ground in the Grand Final at Etihad Stadium. Averaged 18 disposals in 10 matches for Calder. Very impressive at Draft Camp with 2.99secs for 20m, 8.16secs for agility (top 12 per cent) and at 14.5 beep test. AIS/AFL Academy graduate.
Matt Burgan's draft rating: 8-20
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In his own words
What type of player are you?
Hard and courageous. Very competitive and also believe in my skills and ability.
Which AFL player do you feel you resemble, and why?
Lenny Hayes because he is hard and has good skills but is not overly quick.
What are your strengths as a footballer?
Ball winning ability, devision making and marking ability.
What parts of your game would you like to improve?
Goal kicking, disposal and consistency.
Which AFL team do you support and how did you come to barrack for them?
North Melbourne. My mum barracks for them.
Who has been the biggest influence on your career so far, and why?
Alan McConnell. He is a great coach and teacher. He makes things simple and easy to understand.
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