Norm Smith Medallist
- Apr 12, 2007
- AFL Club
- Port Adelaide
Can we really guarantee that we'd get him? He's fair game for anyone at the draft if he denies the NGA offer. As bad as this might sound, the safer option for James is to nominate as an NGA selection for the Crows. I suppose the best we can hope for is he'll follow in the footsteps of Brett Chalmers and request a trade to us after a few years at the Crows.I'd be encouraging Borlase not to nominate as a Next Generation Academy pick by saying:
"I have decided not to nominate as a Next Generation player for the Adelaide Football Club. My father played more than 200 games for the Port Adelaide Football club and was a premiership captain. I have no allegiance to the AFC and would prefer to take my chances in the draft than be tied to Adelaide. I am prepared to play for any club to pursue my AFL dream and will take my chances in the draft."
This would not only ensure Adelaide don't grab him (they'd be mad to draft him after that) but would warn 16 other clubs that this boy has a lot of Port in him and would always be a flight risk if selected. Port could guarantee Borlase that we would take him with our first, second or third pick (depending on his true value).
Someone tell this plan to Daisy.
Jackson Mead was rated 18th on AFL.com.au's Phantom Form Guide today. Here's what they had to say about him:
South Australia/Woodville-West Torrens
The son of Port Adelaide original Darren Mead, the 17-year-old has pieced together a solid season, including winning a spot in the under-18 All Australian team. Mead has some versatility to his game, being used as a ball-winner through the midfield and also an option across half-forward, where his smarts come into play. Likely to attract a bid somewhere in the second round of the draft.
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