I just wanted to repost this bit. I remember the club saying quite a few years back that it was easier to get a natural footballer fit & firing than it was to teach an athlete football.What he shows is natural football talent with an ability to read the play, which can give you half a second on your opponent
FWIW I have my doubts about the validity of the agility test. It seems to me a little bit of resin on a players shoes could save half a second. Conversly having slippery shoes could loose a player half a second. I wonder if the testers check the players shoes.
Watch him slip on the floor...
I’ve never understood why they test agility and sprints on a hardwood floor. To the best of my knowledge… AFL is played on grass
I'm just happy he uses his body well in the marking contest - following the number of talls that we have brought in recently that can't seem to work that part of the game out (like Lewis, TOB, Brand, Nash)Callow does everything you could ask of a key forward. He attacks the ball aerially and on the lead. He's an expert one-on-one who uses his body as well as anyone outside the AFL, shows genuine football smarts, reads the drop of the ball, watches the ball in flight until he swallows up marks, and uses his long reach and big hands to advantage. There is a genuine fear from rival defenders matching up against Callow when isolated one-on-one, which sees him draw free kicks. When Callow is not in position to mark, he crashes packs and brings the ball to ground. His field kicking and vision are both excellent.
There is a Brian Lake vibe to Callow's game as someone who isn't the most athletic or agile but is so special one-on-one that he turns a one-on-one contest routinely into a mark. With his combination of attributes, while Callow looks great as a key forward, he's every bit as appealing as a key defender and could become a future star in defence if life as a forward doesn't work out for him.