Player Watch #1 The Chad Warner - Round 3 Rising Star Nominee

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Kennedy Parker

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Chad Warner
When the Sydney Swans swept up Chad Warner with pick 39 at the 2019 AFL Draft, they secured a youngster with an insatiable appetite for the contest. Warner attacks the ball and opponents with aggression and is relishing calling midfield bulls Josh Kennedy and Luke Parker his teammates at the Swans. Warner impressed for Western Australia in the 2019 AFL Under-18 Championships, averaging 18.2 touches (50 per cent contested), 3.2 clearances and 6.8 tackles per game. He also tallied an average of 27.1 disposals, 6.4 clearances and 7.4 tackles per match at Colts level for East Fremantle in 2019. He earned his AFL debut against Richmond in Round 6 of the 2020 season, recording eight disposals and two tackles.

Chad Warner
DOB: 19 May 2001
DEBUT: 2020
DRAFT: #39, 2019 National Draft
RECRUITED FROM: Willetton (WA)/Aquinas College (WA)/East Fremantle (WAFL)

 

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JZ_Skitzo

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Can Chad and Logan be bffs and just be happy in Sydney forever because I mean... Perth, really?
I think the fact that they're in a side filled with players of the same/similar age will help. There's what, 6/7 of them playing seniors that are 21 or younger? I think that will help keep them here.
 

Ticky009

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DeadlyAkkuret

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Chad comes from good stock. His mum baked for the team when we went into the Hub over in WA last year.

That is so nice. He seems to have a good family and is just the sort of kid that epitomises what this team stands for.


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Wolftone

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I don't see that problem happening with Warner. I think the club has tried to develop Warner's game, and part of that is through playing different roles. He did not show the kind of running patterns or evasiveness he showed on the weekend (and last weekend) as a junior. I watched him many times when he played for the Sharks. But he was so unremarkable (and I don't mean that in a negative way, just that he never caught the eye), that I didn't even noticed I'd watched him every week until he was drafted. I said "Who?", because he was that anonymous to me. Clearly the club thought he had the bones of a good player but wanted to add more strings to his bow to make him more damaging. Playing on the outside can teach you running patterns, playing as a pressure forward can teach you about applying and evading pressure.

I think the club did the same with Rowbottom. I don't think he won a single uncontested possession, nor kicked a goal in the entire two years I watched him as a junior. Now he regularly creates and uses the space well, and is one of our more regular goal-kicking midfielders. His first year in the NEAFL and senior team playing as a half forward/wing would've helped him learn not every possession has to be so hard-fought.

I agree that it becomes a problem if these lessons turn into multiple-year apprenticeships that never end. But that doesn't appear to be the case here. I think it's just excellent coaching.
How could you have watched both Rowbottom and Warner as juniors? They come from different states. Chad is from WA and Rowie is from Victoria.

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caesar88

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How could you have watched both Rowbottom and Warner as juniors? They come from different states. Chad is from WA and Rowie is from Victoria.

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Warner played for the Sharks, who I regularly watch in the WAFL (in person). Rowbottom played for the Chargers, who I (used to) regularly watch in the NAB League (on Youtube.)
 

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