Young Jet on draft radar

Updated: November 6, 2015
Luke Goetz in action for Altona. Picture: ALTONA FOOTBALL CLUB
Luke Goetz in action for Altona. Picture: ALTONA FOOTBALL CLUB

Luke Goetz in action for Altona. Picture: ALTONA FOOTBALL CLUB

EARLY in the season Western Jets regional manager Shane Sexton and coach Torin Baker were told about an emerging ruckman dominating for Altona’s under-18 side in the Western Region Football League.

The pair went out on a couple of occasions to watch Luke Goetz in action and liked what they saw, immediately inviting the 17-year-old down to join their list.

Goetz, who wasn’t considered by the Jets pre-season, quickly established himself in the Jets line-up and played the last nine games in the TAC Cup.

Remarkably, while he only played half a season for Altona, he still finished joint winner of the Vikings’ under-18 best and fairest award.

While he stands at 202cm, Baker said there’s a lot of development left in Goetz and he’s attracting a little bit of interest from AFL clubs ahead of the upcoming national, pre-season and rookie drafts.

“He has very good speed and endurance,” Baker said of Goetz.

“Luke has grown a lot over the last 18 months. While he still has much work to do on his football, there is considerable upside to him. He’ll play for us again as a 19-year-old next year if he doesn’t get selected.”

The Jets won’t experience the numbers they provided in the 2014 draft, where six players were taken by AFL clubs, Baker is hopeful that a couple of their 2015 squad could fine homes via the rookie draft on November 27.

Best and fairest Lachlan Knight, defender Liam Carter and midfielder Daniel Foley shape as their best prospects.

“Lachie had a period in the middle to latter stages where he was very dominant,” Baker said.

“There has been some interest from clubs and he is the sort of character and hard worker that every AFL club would want.”

“Daniel just missed out on a spot for Vic Metro in the nationals but he has elite speed, is a strong body and had some standout games towards the end of the season.”

Carter has signed with VFL club Williamstown next season after impressing with the Seagulls development league team in their finals campaign.

“If a club is looking for an excellent defender who can play tall or small, then Liam is certainly capable of that,” Baker declared.

The Jets record class of 2014 included Liam Duggan (West Coast), Jayden Laverde (Essendon), Corey Ellis and Connor Menadue (Richmond), Dillon Viojo-Rainbow (Carlton) and Brenton Payne (St Kilda – rookie).

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