Tiger on draft radar

Updated: October 9, 2015
Josh Porter has found himself on the radar of a number of AFL clubs. Picture: ARJ GIESE
Josh Porter has found himself on the radar of a number of AFL clubs. Picture: ARJ GIESE

Josh Porter has found himself on the radar of a number of AFL clubs. Picture: ARJ GIESE

YOUNG Werribee forward Josh Porter is emerging as a smokey for this year’s AFL National Draft after scoring a late invite to Sunday’s state screening.

Porter has attracted interest from a couple of AFL clubs after an encouraging season at the Tigers where he overcame a pre-season knee injury to kick 20 goals from 12 matches in his second year at Avalon Airport Oval.

“It’s always a nice feeling to know you’re on someone’s radar,” Porter told K-ROCK Football.com.au

“I had a couple of games where I played pretty well and, as a young key forward, it takes you a while to find your feet but that gave me a bit of confidence (to know I was capable of stepping up a level).

“I even surprised myself with some of the things that I did.”

The 193cm mobile big man averaged just under 11 touches, 5.3 marks and 2.3 tackles a game. He credited forward coach Jacob Spolding for the improvement he made in his game in 2015.

“He (Spolding) worked with me individually and looking at vision and my leading patterns and also with my goal kicking.

“We’ve developed a routine and my goal kicking was pretty more accurate at the end of the year.

“I’ve learnt a lot about footy in the two years I’ve been at Werribee.”

It’s the second time that Porter has been invited to attend the Draft Combine – the other came in 2012 after his TAC Cup season at the Murray Bushrangers.

After he was overlooked in the draft that year, Porter spent 2013 playing at Wangaratta and represented the powerful Ovens & Murray league before heading to Avalon Airport Oval in 2014.

Werribee coach John Lamont believes the 20-year-old would appeal to some AFL clubs to play the role as the third tall forward, similar to Hawk Jack Gunston or Adelaide’s Tom Lynch.

“He’s really filling out,” Lamont said. “He’s going to end up being a big bloke and when he puts his hands up in the air, he’s well over two metres (tall).

“He jumps hard at the ball so I think he’s definitely going to generate some interest. If he tests well – if he runs close to three seconds for the 20m sprint and gets close to 13 on the beep test – then I think clubs will sit back and say `we can do a lot worse than put two or three years into this bloke.’

“He’s certainly got some attributes. He’s got deceptive speed, is prepared to tackle and chase and harass and he’s pretty good below his knees.

“No doubt he has impressed some people.”

Porter will join teammate Jake Wilson at the AFL Draft Combine State Screening.

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