Plenty in the tank for AFL's overseas born heroes
Wednesday, October 17 2007 @ 10:01 pm ACST
Contributed by: Sean Finlayson
Glancing upon the AFL lists, as we head into 2008, there is plenty to get excited about. As these players mature, they become role models for players growing up in their countries. The younger they are, the more potential for long successful AFL careers.
So we decided to look at the ages of some of the current crop of AFL "internationals" and encouragingly the signs are still youthful.
|PLAYER||AGE||CURRENT AFL CLUB||COUNTRY OF BIRTH|
|Peter Bell||31||Fremantle||South Korea|
|Mal Michael||30||Essendon||Papua New Guinea|
|Trent Croad||27||Hawthorn||New Zealand|
|David Rodan||24||Port Adelaide||Fiji|
|Aaron Edwards||23||North Melbourne||Samoa|
|Adam Campbell||22||Fremantle||New Zealand|
|Fergus Watts||22||St Kilda||England|
|Brad Moran||21||North Melbourne||England|
|Alipate Carlisle||20||Port Adelaide||Fiji|
|Kevin Dyas||19||Collingwood||Ireland (yet to debut)|
|Pierce Hanley||18||Brisbane||Ireland (yet to debut)|
|Brendan Murphy||18||Sydney||Ireland (yet to debut)|
|Luke van Rheenen||18||St Kilda||South Africa (yet to debut)|
At the veteran end are players like Peter Bell and Mal Michael, who fortunately have committed to at least one year. Besides players like Trent Croad, 50% of all overseas born players in the AFL are under 25 with plenty left in the tank.
Collingwood has the best young talent, with all three of its overseas born players under 21 years old, whilst Adelaide has the most experienced overseas born players.
Ireland has produced by far the most and the youngest overseas-born players for the AFL. Note that this list does not include the Australian-born O'hAilpin brothers.
We could yet see more overseas born rookies come out of the 2008 AFL Draft.