Player Watch #31 Rhyan Mansell

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Speedy defender Rhyan Mansell is officially a Tiger, with the Club lodging paperwork on Thursday to recruit the Woodville West Torrens (SANFL) premiership player.

Mansell, 20, who hails from Tasmania, where he also won three senior flags with Launceston, has been training with the Club since January 7, as part of the AFL’s Supplementary Selection Period (SSP).

Richmond National Recruiting Manager, Matt Clarke, said Mansell had been on the Club’s radar for several years.

β€œWe have always liked his stuff because he suited what we like in a player; super competitive, physical, (and with) really good speed,” he explained.

β€œHe has Richmond qualities and that ability to come in hard and tackle.”


Mansell had been a relative newcomer to the main football pathways in recent years after he instead focused his energies on an elite junior cricket career throughout his teens.

β€œHe played footy, but he was in the cricket pathways. He also played soccer mainly as a kid, so he was not in all the (football) squads like a lot of kids are,” Clarke said.

β€œTo go into Woodville West Torrens last year under an excellent coach (Jade Sheedy) and into a great footy club and brilliantly run organisation was fantastic.

β€œWhen he went there from Tasmania, it gave us confidence he could do well, and he obviously fitted into a really good team and won a flag, which was a big tick.”


Mansell was often entrusted with playing on the opposition’s best small forward throughout the SANFL season in which he played every game and was a consistent performer.

The 180cm talent was also terrific in the premiership triumph gathering 20 disposals, including 17 kicks, eight marks and five tackles.

β€œWe watched all his vision and the live streaming last year, but it is just not the same as actually being there,” Clarke said referring to the constraints of recruiting throughout COVID-19.

β€œSo, to be able to get him over here to train was great and a chance for us to also see how he could fit into our system and how quickly he would be able to learn, which he has.

β€œWe have been able to have a bit of a look at how he might adapt to the way we play and defend, and he has coped really well.”
 
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Marcel Proust

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Rhyan Mansell | WWT Eagles
4/06/2000 | 182cm | 75kg


A small-medium defender who has come on leaps and bounds this year, Mansell allayed late injury concerns to help Woodville-West Torrens take out the premiership flag. The Tasmanian native was a key rebounder out of the back half and showed good skills with ball in hand, while also bringing a hard edge to the side. It could be his year after being overlooked twice.
 

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Tarryn Thomas cousin another indigenous lad to add to our fleet great pick up

Kid plays in flags
 

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STRENGTHS: Acceleration, tackling, defensive work, composure
IMPROVEMENTS: Endurance, accumulation


SUMMARY: The sole Tasmanian to receive a State Draft Combine invitation, Mansell is the cousin of highly touted fellow North Launceston teenager, Tarryn Thomas. Mansell’s attack on the ball is as good as anyone’s and he is a fierce tackler, averaging four per game at the National Under 18 Championships. He is a composed user of the football and has terrific acceleration off the mark (2.96 seconds in the 20m sprint) that helps him both offensively and defensively. He could continue to develop his endurance further, registering 20.5 on the Yo-yo test at the State Draft Combine, and also find more of the football, but overall he looms as a draft smokey and has good upside.
 

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There are now 7 indigenous players on the list which is the most ever.

Shane Edwards
Daniel Rioli
Shai Bolton
Sydney Stack
Marlion Pickett
Maurice Rioli Jr
Rhyan Mansell
 

Marcel Proust

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There are now 7 indigenous players on the list which is the most ever.

Shane Edwards
Daniel Rioli
Shai Bolton
Sydney Stack
Marlion Pickett
Maurice Rioli Jr
Rhyan Mansell
For richmond or all football?

The Aboriginal population vs percentage of them afl listed is bonkers
 

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