Player Watch #17: Lachie Young - NM trade pick 63 to BL for pick 70 - BL trades S.Martin to WBD - WBD trade LY to NM - welcome LY

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giantroo

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Roos to use little-known rule to poach Bulldogs defender
North Melbourne is set to bolster its backline with a young Western Bulldogs rookie

WESTERN Bulldogs defender Lachie Young is set to join North Melbourne after knocking back a contract offer from the Dogs.

AFL.com.au understands the medium defender is keen to join the Roos after two years and eight games with the Bulldogs.

North is aiming to prise Young out of the club as a delisted free agent after he was originally tabled a new deal for a third season on their rookie list.

Under the little-known AFL rule, if a player is offered a third year on the rookie list he can reject it and automatically become a free agent and move to his club of choice.

However the Dogs say they did offer Young a position on the primary list and that they will force a trade with North Melbourne. He informed the Bulldogs on Monday of his decision.

Young joined the Dogs as a rookie pick at the end of 2018 and he broke through as a medium/tall defender to play six games in his debut season last year.

He managed two games this year but is behind others in the queue for defensive spots at the Dogs.

Young, who is managed by Elevation Sports Agency with Michael Oakes and Mark Micallef, is believed to have been buoyed by the opportunities and approach from the Roos' on their future.

Young, who is 21, is the older brother of Fremantle's top-10 pick from last year's draft, Hayden Young.




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DaveyBoy123

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Young, who is 21, is the older brother of Fremantle's top-10 pick from last year's draft, Hayden Young.
Maybe the key line is above. That's possibly who we thought wouldn't be available at our pick last year (not Flanders). Hayden Young ended up going at pick 7.
 
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muttley45

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Thanks for the donation doggies, nice choice by him, nice dealing by us, hope he gives us plenty of ammo over his career a la Shaun Higgins.
 

Masked Avenger

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Was quite excited for a fleeting moment thinking it was Lewis Young. He can play. Good luck to Lachie.
 

giantroo

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STRENGTHS: Kicking, endurance, rebounding, vertical leap, competitiveness
IMPROVEMENTS: Accumulation, tackling numbers


SUMMARY: Lachlan Young is an over-age prospect who came back to the Stingrays and showed strong desire throughout the TAC Cup season playing in the defensive half. He played a team-first game with competitive efforts and using his good endurance to wear down opponents and remain composed with ball-in-hand. He averaged a rebound every four disposals, which showed the majority of his touches were mopping up in defence. He did it well, kicking at 63 per cent efficiency, and while he only averaged the 12.5 disposals per game, he made the most of his touches in dangerous areas. Young also averaged just the 1.3 tackles per game in 2018, which was another area of improvement for him, but his strengths show why he has attracted club interest this year.
 

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Psicosis

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Good user ✔
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Intercept mark ✔
Bulldogs board posters sooking ✔

A mate that played with him sent me this “I rate him, plays like Easton Wood. Solid skills, great intercept mark”
 

Dale4captain

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Lachie is decent. Very raw still and panics with the ball.

He’s a hell of an athlete though and can definitely run. In his two games this year, he ran the most km on the field. Maybe hasn’t learned to use that endurance effectively yet though.

will make a good HBF in time.
 

giantroo

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“We’ve been really pleased with Lachie’s work ethic and willingness to learn,” Power said.

“This is good reward for the effort he has displayed throughout the pre-season and practice match period.

“Lachie has shown he is a good kick of the footy, courageous in the air and reads the play well.

“It was pleasing to see him get a taste of senior-level football in the JLT Community Series, and we’re excited to see him continue to develop over the next two years.”
 

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