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What you didn’t know about the stars of the AFL’s greatest fairytale
JAKE STRINGER — THE BALLER
'He lived in the central Victorian town of Maryborough until he was eleven. So did Matthew Dellavedova.
I had heard that Stringer was more highly regarded as a basketball prospect than Dellavedova at that time. When I ask Stringer, he nods. ‘I thought I had him covered as a junior.’
He follows Dellavedova’s NBA career, and adds tiredly, ‘I don’t really watch that much footy.’
Jake Stringer doesn’t watch much footy but he does watch highlight reels of Gary Ablett senior.
He has no illusions about his abilities relative to the original Gazza’s, but there are certain respects in which the two are similar.
Geelong’s maverick star of the 1980s and nineties was famously indifferent to training. Stringer’s lack of enthusiasm for training is well-known to his teammates, although occasionally, according to Fletcher Roberts, ‘he turns it on. When he does, only Dale Morris can go with him.’
If he becomes half as good, it will be very pleasing.