MEGT Australia Rookie profile: Nick Blakey

SEN - Fri, 12th Jul 2019 - 0 Comments

In the absence of Lance Franklin, Sydney has turned to first-round selection Nick Blakey to spearhead their forward line.

Blakey has shown glimpses of the superstar he could become in the future, taking big contested marks and standing up in big moments.

The 19-year-old currently sits equal fifth in the AFL Nation MEGT Australia Rookie of the Year award.

He had a reasonably quiet day against the Bombers on the weekend, but he booted two goals in the win over Gold Coast.

Blakey’s biggest moment came the week Franklin went down, kicking two big last quarter goals and taking three contested marks against the Hawks.

His performance in that game helped get the Swans over the line and showed why he was so highly rated.

SEN expert David King is incredibly excited about the teenager and feels he could be the best player to come out of this stacked draft.

“I think he’s the next story now. He won’t win the Rising Star. I think he’ll be the best player of this draft,” King said on SEN on Saturday.

“In five years’ time we’ll say it was a really good draft, but I think the way he plays, he’ll always be able to kick goals whereas midfielders, sometimes their possessions aren’t worth as much.

“He’s an elite runner and he’s been getting ready for AFL football for five or six years. He knew this was coming.”

Blakey and his Swans take on Carlton this weekend at the SCG in what will be another chance for him to lead the club’s forward line.

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