Mark Williams says former Essendon and Port Adelaide superstar Gavin Wanganeen is the best Indigenous player he has seen.
Wanganeen – a two-time premiership player and Brownlow Medallist, played under Williams during his time with the Power, helping the club achieve its first AFL premiership in 2004.
“Without any doubt, Gavin Wanganeen is the best player I’ve coached and certainly the best Aboriginal player that I’ve seen,” Williams told SEN SA Breakfast.
“To be able to play back, forward or through the midfield … I still reflect, and I know it sounds crazy, but at times I felt at training that as he went past me with his feet hitting the grass surface, that it would actually catch on fire.
“That’s how fast he was going, and I thought: ‘Wowee, how lucky am I?’"
The Power premiership coach paid tribute to Wanganeen and reminisced on his match-winning performances during the 2004 finals series.
“I was lucky enough to actually play with Gavin, and then to coach him. Without doubt he was a bloke that could change the game,” Williams added.
“The Preliminary Final he kicked the last two goals to get us into the Grand Final and come Grand Final day, he starred as well.”
Wanganeen played 300 AFL games between 1991-2006 and was named at half-back in the Indigenous Team of the Century.
Listen to Mark Williams’ chat on SEN SA Breakfast with Kane Cornes and Andrew Hayes in the player below