Now there's an arguement starter if ever I've seen one. Jezza, Barker, Knights, and a few dozen others might question your VFL speccie claim.Always gave 110%.
Took one of the most spectacular grabs ever in VFL history.
Apparently very popular and a great guy to have at the club which is a fantastic contribution to the Collingwood Football Club.
Same from me - and I wouldn't mind at all if the lucky VFL club is the Pies.Wishing Crocker all the best wherever he ends up - will probably turn out to be a gun 10 year player for some lucky VFL club and bleed their colours as he has bled black and white these past 4 years...
Since being delisted by the Magpies last month, the 22-year-old has attracted interest from a handful of clubs, both in Melbourne and beyond the Victorian border.
Foxsports.com.au understands Crocker has met with three clubs and spoken to list managers, recruiters and assistant coaches at two other clubs as he searches for a lifeline.
Crocker has been given no guarantees of a second chance but is prepared to pack up his life in Melbourne to continue his dream, which given his situation at home, is a bigger sacrifice than most players who will be picked this week.
His father Paul has suffered from early onset Alzheimer’s disease since 2014 and his condition is continuing to deteriorate.
One person inside the Holden Centre said Crocker was ‘the next best player who didn’t get picked’ for most of this year. A recruiter from a rival club said he would have played a lot of senior football if he parked his car at Metricon Stadium and not the Holden Centre.
If things don’t fall his way this week – or during the pre-season supplemental selection period – Crocker is set to join Footscray or Richmond in a bid to get another chance.
Teams must be Bloody Desperate and Shallow DraftTiming is everything in football. And for Ben Crocker, he has been in the wrong place at the wrong time in the past two years.www.foxsports.com.au
Teams outside of Melbourne probably won't pick him because of the Family SituationGiven the article does not mention a single one of the five clubs apparently interested in him, I can't help but feel this is a bit of a push from his manager to get his name out there in the hopes of driving up some interest.
Having said that, his strong performance in the twos this year warrants a selection to a rookie list somewhere, and if he does get a second chance I hope for his family's sake that it's in Melbourne.
Valuable as what? What position can he play to AFL standard?Probably saw how hard he worked. He was always just on the outside. As one person inside the holden centre said he was the next best player who didn't get picked. He would be valuable to someone. Or worth a rookie spot.