GEELONG Falcons regional manager Michael Turner “would be staggered” if utility Jack Henry isn’t hot property among AFL clubs in today’s Rookie Draft.Henry was surprisingly overlooked in Friday night’s National Draft, where the Falcons had two players selected – half-back Alex Witherden (pick 23, Brisbane Lions) and ruckman Sean Darcy (pick 38, Fremantle).
But Turner said he expected AFL clubs to be closely assessing the 191cm Henry over the weekend and believes he’ll find a new home later today.
“There were some good players not drafted on Friday night – Jack being among them,” Turner told K rock Football.com.au
“As much as we’d love to have Jack back next year, he’ll develop quickly at an AFL club because he’s an athlete still learning to play footy at that (elite) level.
“I thought Jack would get drafted and I have no doubt he’ll be picked up as a rookie.”
The Falcons will have at least one player selected in the rookie draft with Geelong committed to father-son selection Sam Simpson.
Max Augerinos and Paddy Dowling are considered “outside chances” of being rookied. Both are training with Geelong’s VFL squad.
Turner spoke with Darcy yesterday before the big man flew out to Perth to prepare for his new life as a Docker.
He’s planning to live with veteran Freo big man Aaron Sandilands up until Christmas, which Turner said would be enormous for his development.
“He’s a work in progress but Freo will work him hard, put him on a strict routine and train him up and in 12 months time he’ll be 15kg lighter,” Turner said.
Turner was surprised the Dockers snapped up the 202cm Cobden recruit so early. Ironically, it was the same selection that Brisbane picked former Falcon Rhys Mathieson in last year’s draft.
“Freo said very little and they even told Sean when they met with him they might take him at pick 70, so it was a really good result for him.”
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