Posted by Peter Blucher
Former Sydney Swans Premier Martin Mattner has endorsed Casey Voss as a “more than worthy” target for the upcoming AFL Mid-Season Rookie Draft.
Mattner, who coaches Voss at SANFL club Sturt, spoke after the 21-year-old son of Michael Voss was the best outfielder for South Australia in their four-point win over Western Australia in Perth last Sunday. .
Voss, playing running back, had 29 sacks, 15 marks and four 50-rebounds in his senior interstate debut and the biggest game of his career.
It came after he won the Sturt Best & Fairest award last year and was voted into the SANFL Team of the Year, and justified his decision to stay in Adelaide and play with Sturt again despite the rest of his family moving to Melbourne after. the former won the senior coaching job at Carlton.
Mattner, who pushed the case for Voss before last year’s National Draft, said his standout performance at the next level was confirmation that he’s worth a punt in the midseason draft.
“He is one of the smartest players I have ever seen play football. That’s AFL, SANFL, everything,” Mattner said.
“His vision with the ball in his hand and his ability to read the play, intercept, score and rebound off the defense or get inside 50m are fantastic. He just knows how to find the football, he defends really well and he’s a heartbreaking kid.
“If he gets the opportunity, I know he will find a way to do it. He has all the attributes and is a true competitor.”
The Mid-Season Rookie Draft, reintroduced to the AFL on May 27, 2019, will take place on June 1 of this year.
There is already overwhelming evidence of his value, with Richmond’s Marlion Pickett, who made his debut in the 2019 AFL grand final, and Collingwood’s John Noble, son of North Melbourne manager David Noble, among the top 10 players. Pickett has now played 45 AFL games and Noble 53 games.
Of the same vintage, Ryan Gardner, who was thrown a lifeline after Geelong delisted him without playing a game, has played 17 games with the Western Bulldogs, and Will Snelling, cut after one game by Port Adelaide. , has now played 41 games at Essendon.
After MSRD 2020 was canceled when second-tier football was not played due to Covid, MSRD 2021 saw 21 players taken, eight who have played.
They are Hawthorn’s Jai Newcombe (16 games), Essendon’s Sam Durham (14), West Coast’s Connor Stone (11), St.Kilda’s Cooper Sharman (7), GWS’s James Peatling (6), Port (4), Collingwood’s Aiden Begg (3) and Carlton’s Jordan Boyd (2).
To be eligible to participate, a club must have a vacant spot on its active player roster.
Michael Voss has already ruled out the Blues taking his son next month.
“I think for his body of work he deserves a chance, but we won’t take it, it’s too big of a conflict and it wouldn’t be fair to Casey,” he said.
Voss Snr didn’t get to see Voss Jnr strut his stuff in Sunday’s interstate game because Carlton was playing at the same time, but he was delighted to get the news right after.
In his second stint as AFL coach, Voss has a rejuvenated Carlton who ranks third on the ladder, fourth in percentage, with a 6-2 win/loss record.
It is the first time the Blues have been in the top four at Round 9 or later in a season since 2011.
Peter Blucher is a consultant for Vivid Sport