Mr Versatile

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Updated: November 12, 2015
Charlie Curnow is one of the more versatile players in the AFL Draft. Picture: BRIAN BARTLETT
Charlie Curnow is one of the more versatile players in the AFL Draft. Picture: BRIAN BARTLETT

Charlie Curnow is one of the more versatile players in the AFL Draft. Picture: BRIAN BARTLETT

THE major dilemma facing AFL clubs around Charlie Curnow in the upcoming national draft is exactly what type of player do they see the Geelong Falcon becoming?

Are they taking him to play the role as the third tall forward in the mould of Jack Gunston or Tom Lynch?

Or do they believe the strongly built 191cm Curnow has the capacity to develop into a powerful midfielder who can also push forward and kick a goal?

Curnow, the younger brother of Carlton on-baller Ed, kicked 21 goals from 10 TAC Cup matches this season and averaged 14 possessions – just under eight contested – and six marks a game to highlight his versatility.

Falcons regional manager Michael Turner believed Curnow could have been this year’s No.1 draft pick had he not dislocated his knee earlier in the season that sidelined him for three months.

Initially, Curnow was ruled out for the rest of the year.

But he recovered in time to play a role in the Falcons’ finals campaign.

“He’s still a developing player. He’s only really been in our program for a year and a bit, but there’s massive upside to him,” Turner said of Curnow.

“He’s a massive athlete and when he learns to run on the ground – which he’s capable of – like his brother Ed, he’ll be a damaging player.

“We’ve played him in a lot of positions; at full back and at centre half-back, in the middle and as a key forward so he’s got that versatility.”

While Curnow is tipped to be a top 10 selection in the draft along with Falcons teammate Darcy Parish, exactly which club he winds up at will be keenly watched when the names are read out on November 24.

“It has been discussed a fair bit what position I see myself playing in the future. It kind of depends where it takes me I guess,” Curnow said.

“It’s where my role develops for a team in the end. It’s difficult to say but at the moment I’m looking at (playing as a) midfield/forward; probably more forward than midfield.

“I don’t mind playing any position if I get to do what I love and that’s playing footy.”

The 18-year-old said he’s tried to avoid a lot of the speculation over the past few weeks and has focused his energies on training, doing a bit of surfing and also attending Ed’s recent wedding.

Curnow will be at the draft in Adelaide along with his parents David and Cassie.

Having spoken to “most clubs” and – importantly – avoided any post-season surgery on his knee, Curnow is counting down the days until he finds out his new football home.

“It probably hit me this week when I realised it (draft) was only two weeks away,” Curnow said.

“I’ve tried not to think about it too much. I’ve been doing a bit of work here and there, surfing, doing a bit of training still running and keeping myself fit. It’s been nice to do my own thing.”

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