2014 Draft Profile: Jordan De Goey

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Jordan De Goey (Oakleigh Chargers)
Height: 187 cm
Weight: 82 kg
Position: Midfielder
Player Comparison: Jack Billings (less classy)
Strengths: Long kicking, contested marking, x-factor
Areas needing improvement: Tackling, finding more of the football

De Goey is a player who seems to be a jack of all trades, but master of none at this stage. He started out as an outside midfielder, but he added weight to his frame and now he wins his own ball. Having said that, his TAC Cup average of 17.8 disposals a game is far from elite. His disposal efficiency is elite, but you can tell that it will take De Goey some time before he takes the AFL by storm. Recruiters believe he could be a bolter into the top 15, and that’s due to his flashes of brilliance.

De Goey has serious x-factor. He reads the tap really well, and can bust through tackles to kick goals from stoppages. He’s got a 55 metre cannon, which was exemplified at Simmons Stadium late in the National Championships, where his long goal against the wind was one of the highlights of the day. He can hit the scoreboard in bunches, and his leading up forward makes him look natural. Alongside that, he is accountable enough to be a great half back, and of course, he’s already got the runs on the board as a midfielder.

Marking is one of De Goey’s biggest strengths. He averaged seven marks a game at TAC Cup level, and had two games where he had 11 and nine marks respectively. He averages one and a half contested marks per game, and he’s got that Jack Billings type trait, where you know he will take a great grab over people much taller than him.

Disposal is king in the AFL, and De Goey will be rated highly for that. His short passing is crisp, and he can roost it too. That, alongside with his versatility makes him a very attractive prospect for recruiters. However, his low tackle volume is a concern. What’s worse is his inability to find the ball for Vic Metro, as he only gathered more than 20 possessions once, despite playing in all six games.

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