A possible hidden gem is Matthew Parker from South Fremantle (21yrs 190cm 81kg). He was selected in the WAFL team of round 19:
HALF-FORWARD FLANK – MATTHEW PARKER (South Fremantle)
The 21-year-old has seemingly come from nowhere in 2017 and earned his debut on Saturday at league level and had a huge impact for South Fremantle. Did originally play 15 reserves matches in 2015 at Perth before returning to Melville to play in the B-Grade Amateurs last year before lobbing at the Bulldogs. After playing 16 reserves games including a host of standout performances, he made his league debut on Saturday and was a star with four goals from 16 possessions and four tackles.
I’ve only seen him play twice but saw enough to make me think he could have a successful AFL career if a team was prepared to select him. He has good height, pace, skills (nice kick - hit some nice 50m passes plus some flair), aggression and plenty of swag.
I spoke with someone I know at South Fremantle who mentioned Parker has the right body shape to succeed at AFL. IMO Parker could make the jump to AFL quickly with a good preseason. He has been played as a HFF but I see him more as a goal kicking wing breaking lines with his pace and long kicking. His height would give our centre line a better mix.
I also asked about Tim Kelly and Haiden Schloithe. The club was confident Kelly would be drafted possibly Carlton or WCE but thought if Schloithe was drafted it was more likely as a rookie.