Player Watch #27 Justin McInerney - pick 44, welcome to Sydney

RUNVS

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The Sydney Swans have selected Justin McInerney with pick 44 in the 2018 National Draft.

Justin McInerney

Club: Northern Knights
Position: Wingman

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A speedy outside midfielder with slick skills by hand and foot. His work ethic always impressed his coaches throughout his junior years and that shines through with the enormous amount of running he's able to churn through in a game. Has made a name for himself in the TAC Cup.

What they said

“He got an opportunity in the pre-season and when he was available, he made an impact. His kicking, running and dash really elevated him.” (Knights coach Justin Wenke)

http://www.sydneyswans.com.au/news/2018-11-23/pick-44-justin-mcinerney

Can't say much about him given the AFL website and the Swans website do not have a video of him, nor does youtube, but Sheehan clearly seemed to believe he was a good player and his bio certainly sounds promising (though it isn't going to mention his negative points). His bio and coach actually make him sound a bit like Florent.

Either way, welcome to the Swans, and I really hope someone can find a video of him, or perhaps the Swans could post one.
 

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https://www.afldraftcentral.com.au/player/justin-mcinerney/

Height 187cm
Weight 72kg

STRENGTHS: Speed, transition, kicking, disposal efficiency
IMPROVEMENTS: Consistency, contested ball

SUMMARY: Flying Northern wingman Justin McInerney has come a long way over the last two years to catch the eye with standout performances at school level for Marcellin, while also showing glimpses at TAC Cup level more recently. The Banyule junior was the Knights’ only Victorian State Combine representative this year, putting in an outstanding return in the 20m sprint (3.01 seconds) and solid one in the Yo-yo test (20.80) to show off his overall running ability. McInerney’s pace on the outside is his obvious strength, often utilised on a wing or across half-back to initiate attacks and rebound. While his game is mostly outside at the moment, McInerney has also showed a good knack for cracking in and is not afraid of winning the hard ball, but could work on doing it more often if he is to move into the centre bounces. At 75 per cent, his disposal efficiency is very good, with his kicking proving to be particularly damaging in transition. For all of his shining traits, McInerney still has a little to work on in the way of consistency and accumulation, as coaches would look for players with such potency to find the ball as much as possible.

Averages
Disposals 16.4
Marks 4.6
Tackles 2.3
I50 2.1
R50 2.6
 

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RUNVS

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Out of the players we drafted in the national draft today this is the guy I am least certain about mostly because there is so little information about him. The Swans did not even have a video they could show of him on their website.
 

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http://www.starweekly.com.au/sports/justin-mcinerney-stunned-as-the-swans-swoop/

Speaking an hour after his name was called out, McInerney said it was still pretty surreal.

“I thought I would go later in the draft,” he said. “More like pick 60 than pick 44.

“I had spoken to Sydney, They were the first club I spoke to and they spoke to me again on Tuesday.

“Dad jumped out of his seat and mum was sitting there in disbelief. My brother Chris was getting around me.

“I spoke to the welfare manger and the coach and got a couple of texts from the other coaches.


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“John said he was rapt to have me on board and thought I was a good fit and was asking about my family.”
 

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http://www.starweekly.com.au/sports/justin-mcinerney-stunned-as-the-swans-swoop/

Speaking an hour after his name was called out, McInerney said it was still pretty surreal.

“I thought I would go later in the draft,” he said. “More like pick 60 than pick 44.

“I had spoken to Sydney, They were the first club I spoke to and they spoke to me again on Tuesday.

“Dad jumped out of his seat and mum was sitting there in disbelief. My brother Chris was getting around me.

“I spoke to the welfare manger and the coach and got a couple of texts from the other coaches.


..
“John said he was rapt to have me on board and thought I was a good fit and was asking about my family.”
Seems like a good guy. Very pleased to have him in the red and white.
 

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you are kidding, right?
Out of the players we drafted in the national draft today this is the guy I am least certain about mostly because there is so little information about him. The Swans did not even have a video they could show of him on their website.
http://nthknights.com.au/2018-knights-draft-results/

Good video and report here. He was training this past week with the pre season squad for 2019 as a top ager, he is a later bloomer who probably has a load of upside. Could end up being a very shrewd pick.
 

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Christ I feel old. I was 19 when he was born and here he is being drafted into the AFL....

All the best to him. Seems a bit of a punt given there isn't much exposed form, but lets see what he can do.
I’m same age as you, someone said to my wife last night, he’s not bad looking... for an old guy. Cop that backhand son.
 

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you are kidding, right?
More upside than Deano!! it looks like there will be a few coming out of the Knights program over the next 2 drafts. They have some very good kids in the top and bottom age groups coming through. Also, there were 6 former Northern Knights players in the 2017 Tigers premiership side.
 

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http://nthknights.com.au/2018-knights-draft-results/

Good video and report here. He was training this past week with the pre season squad for 2019 as a top ager, he is a later bloomer who probably has a load of upside. Could end up being a very shrewd pick.
I’m wondering if this is one of our moneyball selections. Due to his late addition, a lot of recruiters wouldn’t have had him on the radar but the GPS stats and analysis from or new data man might’ve thrown some light his way. From the video, he has a very nice kick - he seems to take it like a lefty but with his right leg. He’s the right-legged Rampe.
 

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Just looking at that video package, I'm actually excited. He looks like he has good vision for a kid his age. If he continues improving and stands up to the rigours of senior footy, he could be an astute pick by our recruitment team.
 

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Good luck to the kid but it seems like a massive risk...would have easily been there at the rookie draft...struggled to get a game for his school this year by all reports
 

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Good luck to the kid but it seems like a massive risk...would have easily been there at the rookie draft...struggled to get a game for his school this year by all reports
How do you know he would have easily been there at the rookie draft?

The article said he was spoken to by a few clubs so what inside knowledge do you have that they only saw him as a rookie?
 

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Our list managers backing their ability to determine quality without the blowtorch of U18 championship form. Ie eyeballing it and data assessment. That they backed themselves using pick 44 is a indication how keen The gps figures (said to be off the chart) must have been exceptional- afl standard. His disposal and spatial awareness looks good. His 20metre sprint and yo yo test times are good without threatening top tier afl combine. In short I back our list managers to know what cuts it. We may very well have picked up a top level smokey here. Welcome on board Justin...enjoy the ride
 
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