He has the raw skills in all the right areas to be successful at AFL level. It just needs to come together for him. All along with Jake I’ve said I’ve based his projections on what I saw of him as a kid at state u16 level (he pretty much missed all his u18 seasons due to school/injury) where he was easily in the best 15 players in the country.
Factoring in that this will be his fourth year but he missed 2 years of junior footy it’s realistic to gauge his development of that of a second year player at this point. So if you were to say that he has played 3 senior games in his first 2 years then this 3rd year seems about right.
Jake just needs to improve on poise really, to know when to go and when not, last year he was told to play on as much as he could. I’m sure this year he will now look at the balance of that. He is quick, he has elite lateral movement and is well into the top half of our list with disposal by foot. Plus he goes hard at the ball.
I still hold confidence that we will see at senior level what I saw back at those u16 champs.
He is still one of the youngest ever kids to debut at senior level in the NTFL for St Mary’s. when you consider some of the great names that have come from that club that has to count for something.
If we had picked him up as a 20 year old which a lot of clubs are now doing with top end talent no one would be perplexed by this signing