Player Watch #30: Charlie Comben - out indefinitely due to leg fracture

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Bleeding Blue and White
Sep 23, 2005
AFL Club
North Melbourne
Other Teams
Arsenal, Chicago Bulls

Comments from Head Coach Rhett McLennan

CHARLIE COMBEN (no.31 to North Melbourne): “Charlie’s rapid development was the thing that really caught everyone’s eye this year. When we saw him in the pre-season, we thought he’d be a perfect 19-year-old player (in 2020), so if his development continues trending upwards like it has from last year then the sky’s the limit.

“His hands are sensational when he marks the footy – his big bucket hands wrap around the ball and they don’t move – but he also has some really good ruck craft and a lot of determination to compete. I think he’ll primarily be a forward who plays a little bit in the ruck.”


Brownlow Medallist
Sep 21, 2008
AFL Club
North Melbourne
When I seen him earlier in the year he was a string bean.

I honestly didn’t think he would fill out the way he has. He is going to be a monster after a couple of pre-seasons

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Brownlow Medallist
May 22, 2001
The Gasometer Wing
AFL Club
North Melbourne
Other Teams
A lot of good early signs. Not entirely dissimilar to Larkey’s early days, albeit with stronger contested marking.
It’s been a while since I’ve seen a kid come in with such clean marking ability. Generally when a kid first gets here it’ll be “just wait until they start sticking“....well they are sticking for Charlie.

He needs a bit of gym work, but it’s a fair start.

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