Glenelg midfielder Jackson Edwards is aiming to continue his promising development after making his Macca’s League debut against Adelaide in Bordertown on Sunday.
After a consistent AFL National Championship campaign for the McDonald’s SA U18 team, Edwards showed plenty of poise against the Crows SANFL side en route to collecting 17 disposals and eight marks – including one courageous one-handed grab.
Speaking on SANFL Radio, the 17-year-old – the only BankSA Rookie in Week 1 of Round 15 – said he enjoyed testing himself physically against the bigger bodies present at senior level.
Measuring in at 185cm and 77kg, Edwards displays similar traits to that of Collingwood captain Scott Pendlebury with his left-foot kick and lengthy frame for an onballer.
Eligible to be selected by Adelaide under the father-son rule at this year’s AFL National Draft, the well-spoken teenager said he has relished the guidance he’s received from both of his parents, Tyson and Mandy.
A dual premiership player with the Crows, Tyson coached Jackson’s victorious U18 Macca’s Cup winning team last year as the Bays overcame North Adelaide in dramatic circumstances after the final siren at Adelaide Oval.
Currently studying at Henley High, Edwards is a member of a star-studded school football team which also features fellow McDonald’s SA Under-18 players Izak Rankine and Jack Lukosius.
His younger brothers Luke and Brodie are also budding footballers, with Luke playing with the Tigers’ Under-16 side and State U15 team this year while Brodie is rising up the ranks with the Henley Sharks Football Club.