Toast Fremantle's 2nd 2018 National Draft Pick: Luke Valente [Pick #32]

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Bit of a slider in the end. A solid pickup. Welcome to the team, mate: South Aussies do well for us.

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Luke Valente
DOB: 08-May-2000 (18)
POSITION: Midfielder
HEIGHT: 187cm
WEIGHT: 82kg
DRAFTED FROM: Norwood (South Australia)

Luke Valente is a midfielder from Adelaide that consistently finds the football.

He plays his SANFL football at Norwood and dominated at NAB AFL U18 Championships level, averaging 28 disposals, seven clearances and more than a goal per game from his four games.

Valente captained SA to the title and had a terrific championships himself, winning SA's MVP and being named Vice-Captain of the All Australian side.

He averaged 23 disposals, had the equal most clearances, ranked second for kicking efficiency out of all the midfielders and also rated elite for score assists and score involvements.

Valente is a member of the AFL Academy, is a smart footballer and is a terrific leader.

He's a good user off both feet, has time with the ball and is clean at ground level.



 
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From the club website;
"DOB: 08-May-2000 (18)
POSITION: Midfielder
HEIGHT: 187cm
WEIGHT: 82kg
DRAFTED FROM: Norwood (South Australia)

Luke Valente is a midfielder from Adelaide that consistently finds the football.

He plays his SANFL football at Norwood and dominated at NAB AFL U18 Championships level, averaging 28 disposals, seven clearances and more than a goal per game from his four games.

Valente captained SA to the title and had a terrific championships himself, winning SA's MVP and being named Vice-Captain of the All Australian side.

He averaged 23 disposals, had the equal most clearances, ranked second for kicking efficiency out of all the midfielders and also rated elite for score assists and score involvements.

Valente is a member of the AFL Academy, is a smart footballer and is a terrific leader.

He's a good user off both feet, has time with the ball and is clean at ground level."
 

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"SA coach Tony Bamford praised his ability to use the ball with both feet.

“He just doesn’t fumble, and can go left and right outside a stoppage and still find a target by foot,” he said.

“There is no-one else in this draft who can do that, no-one. Some of them can go on their left and hope to find a target but Luke (a natural right-footer) goes on his left and he knows he’s going to find a target.”
My god I don't believe it, we've drafted a footballer and not an athlete. This has to be Bell's presence, happy days.
 
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He's very slow. That's it. Not a problem for an inside mid I'd have thought.
Agreed. Power and explosiveness, addition to endurance can be developed. One touch with skills on both sides is invaluable. And a leader. He will get game time next season


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Agreed. Power and explosiveness, addition to endurance can be developed. One touch with skills on both sides is invaluable. And a leader. He will get game time next season


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Wouldn't mind seeing his combine results for sprints etc. Hoping for a bit more pace at our next pick, maybe Smallwood.
 
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Our inside mids moving forward are Fyfe, Cerra, Brayshaw, Blakely, Valente and North.

We seem to lack pace but with Langdon and the Hills on the outside hopefully it balances well.
 
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