Collo on our 2019 draft chances
Nick Ebinger flies for a mark during the 2019 VFL grand final. (Photo by Martin Keep).
Like Michael Gibbons, Ben Cavarra, Lachie Schultz and Brett Bewley before them, which VFL Seagulls are a chance to be picked up by an AFL club this off-season?
Speaking with heraldsun.com.au, head coach Andrew Collins had his say.
“A non-pathway kid who has taken a while to physically mature.
“He’s got a massive engine, can go up and down the ground, great hands, great kick, a raw talent and he’d really prosper in an AFL environment.
“He was playing D-grade amateurs under former Williamstown player Mat Montebello … it took him a little time because of the level he was coming from. But we’re excited about how far he can go.’’
“He reminds me of (St Kilda ruckman) Rowan Marshall at the same age.
“He shows absolute cracking signs of brilliance that very few athletes can do.
“Still a little inconsistent in regards to his performances but there are similarities with Rowan Marshall, both Ballarat boys, both 200cm boys, both really athletic.
“Joel’s testing for a 200cm boy … a sub-three second for 20m and then a really big engine … is really impressive.
“His best game this year was when Nick Meese didn’t play against the Northern Blues and Joel rucked against three guys — Matthew Lobbe, Andrew Phillips and Tom De Koning — and did an outstanding job.
“He also has a great ability to mark in the forward line.’’
“One of the most, if not the most, professional kid I’ve coached, and that’s saying a lot.
“His training methods, his self-discipline around his training methods, he’s got a real life balance — he can be a cheeky little larrikin at times — and playing as midfielder rather than a half back, he’s very much in the mould of a Sam Menegola.
“He surprised the hell out of me. He’s a tackling beast. He just loves to hit blokes, loves the physical element of the game, whether it’s the contest or the running capacity. He’s our highest GPS runner. He could make an impact (in the AFL) straight away.’’