With the 2021 AFL National Draft coming up on Wednesday 24th November, we have a look at the Gippsland Power contenders who have been earmarked as possibilities to find an AFL club as their new home.
It is hard to believe that Jai Serong is the brother of Fremantle rising star Caleb Serong, with both sharing very different looks and playing styles; Caleb being the shorter and stockier midfielder, whereas Jai is a taller and lankier key position player.
However, they do show some similarities in their leaps and overhead marking, along with their clean hands at ground level which is what has seen Jai spend time in the midfield despite his size.
Serong is certainly a player with upside given his light frame and adaptability, and could be a long burn for a club who takes him as the risk would likely pay benefits. Serong’s frame and untapped potential should appeal to clubs who could mould him into anything at the next level, whether that’s as a third tall forward or defender, or a taller midfielder with clean hands at stoppages.
Although he is no guarantee to get drafted this year, there are promising signs he could become a dynamic player for the future.
Mitch Moschetti won Gippsland Power’s best and fairest after a great season competing against some of the best young players in the country.
The 18-year-old captained the Power in 2021, averaging over 22 disposals a game. He also nearly averaged four inside 50s a game and added a few goals throughout the year.
The midfielder played in Phillip Island’s 2019 senior grand final win against Cora Lynn, and in 2021 he also suited up for the Bulldogs four times, where he continued to impress all.
If he doesn’t get selected, he may return to Phillip Island, play another year at Gippsland Power, or ply his trade at VFL level, continue improving and hope to catch the eye of recruiters there.
We wish all players well in this year’s AFL Draft.
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