AFL Draft Watch: Jack Carroll (East Fremantle/Western Australia)

IN the midst of football’s long-awaited return, Draft Central takes a look at some of this year’s brightest names who have already represented their state in some capacity leading into 2020. While plenty has changed between now and then, we will provide a bit of an insight into players, how they performed at pre-season testing, and some of our scouting notes on them from last year.

Next under the microscope in our AFL Draft watch is East Fremantle prospect Jack Carroll, a classy midfielder who uses the ball cleanly moving forward. Having cut his teeth across half-back and on the outside, the 17-year-old has also proven his ability to find the ball as a centre bounce feature in 2020. Carroll’s clean hands and agility allow him to weave through traffic and release efficiently via hand or foot, while his potent left side comes to the fore on the outer. With some promising WAFL Colts form this year, the top-ager has risen into first round calculations as he knocks on the door of senior promotion.

PLAYER PAGE:

Jack Carroll
East Fremantle/Western Australia

DOB: December 20, 2002

Height: 188cm
Weight: 79kg

Position: Midfielder/Half-Back

Strengths: Poise/class, efficiency, agility, versatility, scope
Improvements: Inside game

2020 WAFL Colts averages: 7 games | 22.9 disposals | 3.9 marks | 3.4 tackles | 3.6 inside 50s | 0.9 goals (6)

PRESEASON TESTING RESULTS:

Did not test.

>> Full Testing Results:
Jumps
20m Sprint
Agility
Yo-yo

SCOUTING NOTES:

2020 WAFL Colts Round 7 vs. Claremont

By: Lenny Fogliani

Arguably the best player on the ground, the Chapman Valley product finished with 31 possessions, four marks, four inside 50s and two goals in a powerful performance. His ability to get out of congestion and find a teammate in space was a real feature of his game.

2020 WAFL Colts Round 4 vs. Perth

By: Lenny Fogliani

The Chapman Valley product was his busy self through midfield for the Sharks. Playing as the ruck-rover, Carroll collected 20 possessions, laid five tackles, took four marks, and recorded four inside 50s in a polished display. His decision-making combined with his beautiful kicking skills make him an attractive midfield prospect.

2019 Under 17 Futures All Stars

By: Peter Williams

Made a quiet start but worked into it with a strong mark at half-back late in the second term and opened the game right up. Had a courageous marking attempt to spoil it away in the middle of the ground against Eddie Ford, then played in the forward half of the ground with midfield minutes in the second half. He fired a no-look handball out to space late in the third term for a teammate to run onto at the centre stoppage, then proceeded to find plenty of the ball through the middle. He finished the game with a nice kick off the left on the run for a consolation goal midway through the last quarter.

2019 WAFL Colts Round 14 vs. Swan Districts

By: Lenny Fogliani

The 2017 WA U15s State Schoolboys representative continued his fine season for the Sharks with another sensational performance. Against the Swans, Carroll collected 21 possessions, laid four tackles and took two marks to be one of the Sharks’ best midfielders on the day.

Featured Image: Jack Carroll against West Perth | Credit: Pixell Photography

>> 2020 Western Australia U18s Squad Prediction
>> Positional Analysis: Outside Midfielders
>> August 2020 Power Rankings
>> July 2020 Power Rankings

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Allies:
Tahj Abberley
Charlie Byrne
Jackson Callow
Blake Coleman
Braeden Campbell
Alex Davies
Oliver Davis
Errol Gulden
Patrick Walker

South Australia:
Kaine Baldwin
Bailey Chamberlain
Zac Dumesny
Corey Durdin
Luke Edwards
Lachlan Jones
Tariek Newchurch
Caleb Poulter
Tom Powell
Taj Schofield
Riley Thilthorpe

Vic Country:
Sam Berry
Tanner Bruhn
Jack Ginnivan
Oliver Henry
Elijah Hollands
Zach Reid
Nick Stevens
Jamarra Ugle-Hagan

Vic Metro:
Jake Bowey
Jackson Cardillo
Nikolas Cox
Connor Downie
Eddie Ford
Bailey Laurie
Finlay Macrae
Reef McInnes
Archie Perkins
Will Phillips

Western Australia:
Heath Chapman
Denver Grainger-Barras
Logan McDonald
Nathan O’Driscoll
Zane Trew
Brandon Walker
Joel Western
Isiah Winder

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