Mitch Grigg deserves another AFL opportunity

Mitch Grigg
27 Sep, 2018 by Liam Sheedy

Mitch Grigg played a spectacular game in the SANFL Grand Final last Sunday as North Adelaide defeated Norwood by 19 points.

Despite being on the wrong end of the result, Grigg was the best player on the ground. He was awarded the Jack Oatey medal as he finished with an amazing 31 disposals and six goals.

Grigg has performed brilliantly in the last two years. His two consecutive Magarey Medals as the best player in the competition are the proof in the pudding.

The midfielder finished the minor round averaging 28 disposals per match.

Mitch Grigg is ready to seize a second chance

Drafted with pick 41 in the 2011 draft, the midfielder played 20 games at Adelaide before being delisted at the end of 2016.

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Great skills and a powerful left foot, the South Australian is capable of stepping straight into AFL ranks and having an instant impact.

After winning his second consecutive Magarey medal, the 25 year-old confirmed he was not surprisingly keen for another crack to prove himself at the top level.

On SEN last week, Terry Wallace revealed players outside of the AFL system who should be considered as draft options for AFL clubs. And sure enough, the former Crow was top of the list.

“Strong body, very nice kick of the football. Probably his fitness level is the one thing he needs to get serious. If someone was going to approach him you would want to know that he was going to take that very seriously. Because that’s the one area that lets him down a little bit. But certainly has the talent to play at the level.”

A good fit

A player who can get the ball and make good decisions with polished disposal would be a welcome addition to many teams. And so would his ability to win contested ball.

Both Carlton and Gold Coast have missed out on being granted a priority pick in the draft this year. But both are set to be given access to a state league player as part of an assistance program.

This would allow both these clubs to pick up someone like Mitch Grigg without having to give up a draft pick.

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Port Adelaide is a club craving players who have the ability to use the ball effectively. And for family reasons, remaining in South Australia is likely to appeal to Grigg.

There is often some trepidation with mature age recruits. Particularly around the ability to make the transition from the state leagues to the top level. But AFL clubs could do worse than give Mitch Grigg a year on the list to push his case.

The consistency of high level performance and an outstanding Grand Final performance surely mean an AFL lifeline is warranted for the 25 year-old in 2019.

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