Jack Lonie (Dandenong Stingrays)
Height: 174 cm
Weight: 67 kg
Position: Midfielder/half forward
Strengths: Speed, finding the ball, hitting the scoreboard
Areas needing improvement: Building his frame
Lonie was extremely impressive and consistent during the NAB Championships. He proved he could gather over 25 disposals on a few occasions, and he often found himself chiming in with three of four goals. Lonie is dangerous as he has the complete offensive arsenal. He can win his own ball on the inside, has a big enough tank to play on the outside, he is quick and he kicks goals.
Lonie is a high-volume tackler, and the quality of his tackles is great. With his speed, he can chase down most opponents. He could really become a solid role player if he develops into the Jarryd Blair role, with immense forward pressure. Like Blair, Lonie had great individual offensive talent, but his height meant that he had to develop into an equally damaging offensive and defensive weapon.
Lonie has the ability to change games instantly with his scoreboard pressure. He kicked more than three goals in a game only three times this season. But when he has a big day, they’re enormous. Against the Falcons early in the year, Lonie kicked 4.3, had 23 disposals, five marks and seven tackles. When he played the Falcons again late in the year, he had 5.2, 20 disposals and eight marks.
Lonie often has more than seven handball receives in a game, as his run and carry game style breaks lines. He has a steady balance of outside and inside work, so despite being 174 centimetres, he is a really valuable player as he can affect the game in three or four different ways.