The Melbourne teen “to control” for potential Spherical 1 debut

The Melbourne teen “to control” for potential Spherical 1 debut
The Melbourne teen “to control” for potential Spherical 1 debut

Untried Melbourne ahead Jacob Van Rooyen is urgent to make his AFL debut in Spherical 1 reviews journalist Josh Gabelich.

The West Australian has spent one 12 months on the Demons since being taken with decide No. 19 within the 2021 Nationwide Draft, impressing for Casey in 2022 with 36 VFL targets.

After calls got here for him to make his debut late final season, Gabelich says enchancment throughout the present pre-season has him properly within the body to earn a spot in Melbourne’s finest 22.

“The one to control heading into Spherical 1 at Melbourne is a man that hasn’t performed but, he’s a younger key ahead named referred to as Jacob Van Rooyen,” Gabelich informed SEN SA Breakfast.

“He had a extremely robust 12 months final 12 months within the VFL, he kicked 36 targets for Casey.

“There have been calls later within the 12 months to get him into the senior aspect, they didn’t try this in the long run.

“They opted to attend and maintain him again and he’s had a extremely large pre-season.

“There’s a really feel he might are available and play Spherical 1.”

After beginning final 12 months 10-0, Melbourne went 6-8 within the again finish of the season with their ahead line cohesion a key subject.

Given these troubles and the departure of Sam Weideman within the low season, Gabelich believes a spot within the entrance six has Van Rooyen’s title on it if he continues to impress.

“Suppose again to final 12 months, they’d some points with their key targets in assault,” Gabelich mentioned.

“Ben Brown kicked 30 targets from 19 video games, Tom McDonald had a Lisfranc damage, and we didn’t see him within the second half of the 12 months and Sam Weideman is now enjoying for Essendon.

“Jacob Van Rooyen has had a extremely large pre-season to date, I believe he’s actually on observe to have a Spherical 1 debut.

“There’s a number of pleasure round him to date.”

Melbourne open their 2023 marketing campaign with a Spherical 1 conflict in opposition to the Western Bulldogs on the MCG on March 18.

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