Sturt’s U18 Torrens Uni Cup premiership coach Chris Trapp has provided an insight into the array of Double Blues in the mix to be selected in Friday’s AFL National Draft in Sydney.
As many as six players from Oxford Terrace have been regularly mentioned as potential picks, with late bloomer Charlie Ballard – who has grown 15cm in the past two years – suddenly rising up the pecking order.
Speaking on SANFL Radio, Trapp declared explosive midfielder Mitch Crowden as the most ”AFL-ready” of the Double Blues crop, praising the left-footer’s professionalism and preparation on a regular basis.
Key forward/ruckman Callum Coleman-Jones should be ready to start an AFL pre-season after having minor knee surgery in August while Jordan Houlahan’s X-factor status and athleticism has AFL scouts salivating.
Rangy key defender Brandon Zerk-Thatcher and mature-age midfielder Pat Wilson are also chances to be snared either late in the National Draft or in Monday’s AFL Rookie Draft.
After steering Sturt to the U18 Torrens Uni premiership, Trapp has accepted a role change for next year as he replaces David Oatey as the club’s Football Manager.
Oatey will coach the U18 Torrens Uni Cup team while Trapp will keep his hand in coaching by guiding the Double Blues’ Reserves.