Prediction Disappointment at the draft


Mar 14, 2002
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North Melbourne
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Who they picked: 31. Charlie Comben (Gippsland Power), 34. Jack Mahony (Sandringham Dragons), 35. Flynn Perez (Bendigo Pioneers)
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What the club says: "We felt the draft was really even and it gave us a great opportunity to pick a few different types. To pick a tall (Charlie Comben), (then) we've got Flynn (Perez) who can play a bit of half-back and wing, then Jack Mahony can play multiple roles, we think they're really versatile players for us." - North Melbourne national recruiting manager Mark Finnigan
Verdict: In an even draft, the Roos approached it wanting to bolster different areas: key-position depth, small forward depth and speed. Tick, tick, tick. The Roos' first pick ended up being Comben, a ruck/forward who has sticky hands and a lot of upside. Todd Goldstein has a stranglehold on the ruck role at North for some time, but Comben can develop as a forward, with the cupboard not full of tall targets in attack. North moved back a spot down the order and got a future second-round pick for the swap, which was a great result, before drafting Comben. Mahony shapes as a clever and crafty small forward with tidy skills, while Perez's pace and ball use off half-back made him an appealing option for the Roos. With three picks within five selections, the Roos were able to target the trio and confidently land who they wanted at this stage of the pool. - Callum Twomey seriously how many more seasons has Goldy got?

3-4 at a stretch?

Which puts Combova at 22 years of age?

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