‘Zorko clone' a draft smokey


Mitch Maguire has been labelled a mature-age draft prospect. Photo: TJ Yelds

Canberra has been one of the success stories of the NEAFL season and it’s a diminutive midfielder who’s leading the charge for the Demons and surging into draft contention.

Standing just 175cm tall, Mitch Maguire has been the competition’s standout player to this point with his mix of ball-winning and goalkicking ability from both the midfield and forward line.

Reminiscent of Brisbane skipper Dayne Zorko, Maguire was a GWS Academy player but has been overlooked in multiple drafts.

Like many before him, Maguire’s smaller stature may have been seen as a limiting factor, but his relentless work ethic and ability to get between contests is too hard to ignore.

The 20-year-old leads the NEAFL’s Most Valuable Player voting to this point.

Another player to watch is Angus Baker.

A player you have to project to see the upside of, Baker is having an excellent season on the comeback from an ACL injury. Formerly a member of the Swans Academy, the tall midfielder is athletic and can get from contest to contest.

He tore the ACL early in 2017 but since moving to Canberra to get greater opportunities, is thriving and a big reason for the Demons’ improvement.

This story was originally published on afl.com.au.

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