Joel Selwood against the Lions
GEELONG assistant coach Brendan McCartney believes NAB AFL
Rising Star Joel Selwood could be as good as Brownlow prospect Jimmy Bartel.
McCartney said Selwood 's "attack on the ball" was
reminiscent of the more experienced Cat.
He also said Selwood' showed his potential from his first
moments at the club.
"It's been very satisfying to pick up a boy so early in
the draft and see him make an impression, probably as far back as November
pre-season, or just after he was drafted," McCartney said after Selwood
was named the NAB AFL Rising Star on Wednesday.
"In December and in pre-season drills, he made his
older teammates sit up and take notice with the way he conducted himself at
training and the way he handled contest drills and drills where you had to be
good in traffic and know a fair bit about the game.
"He's just grown from that. He's been a real joy to
work with, and not just with myself, I know all the coaches have really enjoyed
the year with him."
McCartney also said Selwood's consistency across the season
was what set him apart from the rest of Geelong's
impressive crop of emerging stars.
"We've got some terrific players down there, and at
times, they've all made massive impacts on the game, relative to a young player
in their first year," he said.
"Probably the difference with this young fella is that
he's been able to sustain it over a whole year.
"I think young people come into the game and they play
one or two or three or four great games, but Joel, and I think his brother said
it in the paper beautifully, just hasn't put in a bad game.
"Each week we've put him out there and he's just
maintained his attack on the ball, fitted in with how the team's played and has
just wanted to win, week-in, week-out, which is a credit to him."
McCartney agreed with suggestions Selwood is a
"ready-made leader", and said he has already shown signs he is
capable of taking control of the side later in his career.
"You'd have to say yes, because he sees the game well,
communicates to his teammates in games, plays well, plays to win," he
"We've only had him for a short time, so we don't
pretend to know everything that's in his heart and his head, but I don't think
anything will get in the way of him wanting to achieve long-term success for
him and his team.
"That's all the trademarks of a good leader."
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