AFL draft expert and Future Stars panellist Callum Twomey believes Nick Blakey could have gone in the top five of this draft if he didn’t nominate Sydney as his destination of choice via their academy.
Blakey made the decision to choose Sydney, rather than North Melbourne or Brisbane under the father-son rule.
Blakey’s father John played 359 games for Fitzroy and North Melbourne, but has worked for the Swans since 2006 and is currently their Head of Development.
Twomey said Nick Blakey has all the tools to be a star of the competition.
“I’m saying he’s in the top five to six at the moment and he’s in stunning form,” he told Future Stars.
“He’s 196cm and can play midfield, he’s got a bit of Marcus Bontempelli about him so he’s a pretty special talent.”
Twomey said the decision to pick Sydney over North and Brisbane wasn’t much of a shock.
“He’s gone with the Swans where he’s grown up playing and living in the last 10 years or so,” he said.
“He’s become pretty close with a number of Swans players, it’s been the obvious call I think a number of people thought it was probably going to go that way.
“It was a little bit of a surprise that it was made so early in the season, I guess it does stop him having to be asked by every club and every recruiter.”
North Melbourne will now have to turn their attention to another of their father-son prospects in Bailey Scott, who is also eligible to be picked by Geelong or Gold Coast via their academy.