I watched this kid towel up Clug this year. Apparently Sydney very keen. If swans are sniffing you know he has talent.
GEELONG Falcons talent manager Michael Turner has urged clubs to consider the shutdown powers of forgotten midfielder Max Augerinos.
Augerinos, 19, is seen only as an outside rookie chance but has kept himself in the frame after posting strong speed and agility results at the “Rookie Me” Combine on Saturday.
Described as a “hard-edged tough nut” by AFL talent guru Kevin Sheehan, Augerinos was a midfield linchpin of a Falcons side that surged to a preliminary final this year.
But he also proved himself as a capable run-with player after a couple of scalps in the back-end of the season, notably the job he did to rein in potential No. 1 draft pick Hugh McCluggage in the qualifying final.
Clubs may also look favourably on the fact he played senior football this year for St Mary’s in the GFL.
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“If I’m going to make an comparison, Max is similar to Luke Dahlhaus in that there wasn’t (much interest in the lead-up to the draft),” Turner said.
“But the Bulldogs took a punt on him and he’s become a premiership player and almost All-Australian.
“I’m not saying Max is going to become that, but he’s a good kid, he’s got a terrific attitude, he works hard, he’s been able to fix up elite opposition midfielders and he gets the ball.
“He makes good decisions with it, he’s quick, he kicks the ball long. I’m a big wrap for him.”
Rookie Me is the official talent ID partner of the AFL, providing fringe draft hopefuls with another chance to be formally tested and compared against players at the national and state draft combines.
Augerinos made headlines last year after returning from a knee reconstruction in little more than eight months, but the injury meant he was behind the eight-ball in terms of last year’s draft, which he was eligible for.
His recent head-to-head battle with McCluggage came at an ideal time, with many recruiters likely to been studying McCluggage closely in that final, forcing them to also take notice of Augerinos.