- September 17, 2000
STRENGTHS: Acceleration, footy IQ, goal sense, defensive pressure
IMPROVEMENTS: Accumulation, consistency, endurance
SUMMARY: Collingwood Next Generation Academy prospect Atu Bosenavulagi has enjoyed a breakout year in the TAC Cup, putting his hand up for draft selection having appeared in all of Oakleigh’s games. The small forward excites with his breakaway speed and a sixth sense around goal, booting 15 majors this year in a stacked Chargers forward line. His speed means he has a good presence inside 50, averaging 4.5 tackles per game and winning the hard ball when it comes to ground in dangerous areas. A raw talent at this stage, Bosenavulagi can work on his accumulation and endurance should he look to move up the ground in the future – possibly onto the wing. A better endurance game will also lend to greater consistency, and it would be exciting to see those eye-catching flashes of brilliance more often as he showed towards the back end of the year. Given his NGA ties, he could well find his way to the Pies with a late pick alongside Oakleigh teammates Isaac Quaynor and Will Kelly.
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