SOUTH Australian youngster Brayden Cook has put himself on the draft radar after a run of exciting performances in recent weeks.
Cook has emerged as a surprise draftee after a string of good games recently for South Adelaide, including his standout four-goal performance last weekend.
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The wingman/half-forward, who has shown his strength in the air, hit the scoreboard from his 16 disposals and eight marks.
Recruiters have viewed him as a player who has shot into contention via his promising efforts, and he produced his best outing so far against Norwood.
Other South Australian draft hopefuls to impress at under-18 level last week included Caleb Poulter (27 disposals) and ball-magnet Tom Powell (27 disposals, 10 clearances).
At senior level in the SANFL, Woodville-West Torrens defender Lachie Jones continued his excellent season with 17 disposals, while small forward Corey Durdin was busy for Centrals with a goal and five inside 50s.
Jason Horne, who is tipped as a likely early pick at next year’s NAB AFL Draft, made his debut for South Adelaide and provided some classy moments with nine disposals.
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In Western Australia, Logan McDonald’s run of form continues, with the Perth tall forward kicking another two goals to be the equal leading goalkicker in the senior WAFL competition.
McDonald, who is a 196cm key forward with a strong work ethic, has pushed himself into top-five contention.
In the colts competition it is the form of midfielder Isiah Winder that is grabbing attention, with the composed Peel Thunder prospect gathering 27 disposals and booting a goal last week against Claremont.
West Perth defender Heath Chapman, playing as a rebounding mobile backman, continued his spree in the defensive 50 with 23 disposals and eight marks, while Perth’s Nathan O’Driscoll had 22 disposals as his form builds.
Fremantle Next Generation Academy prospect Brandon Walker has stepped up his form in recent weeks and kicked two goals from 19 disposals, while his teammate Jack Carroll collected 20 disposals in a typically poised showing.
Another Dockers NGA talent – Joel Western – is currently sidelined nursing a hamstring strain.