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    Dogs draftee a 'massive chance' for round one

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    PRIZED Western Bulldogs draftee Aaron Naughton is a "massive chance" to debut in round one after an impressive pre-season, says assistant coach Steven King.

    The key defender, who only turned 18 in December, has held his own against more seasoned teammates throughout the summer and didn't look out of place against Hawthorn star Jarryd Roughead in the JLT Community Series last weekend.

    Taken with pick No.9 in last year's NAB AFL Draft, Naughton performed strongly in several WAFL games for Peel Thunder last season.

    As the backline coach, King couldn't be more optimistic of Naughton's chances of facing Greater Western Sydney in the opening round.

    The teenager will be part of key defensive unit featuring Marcus Adams and Zaine Cordy for Saturday's JLT clash against Collingwood in Moe.

    "(Aaron's) got a spot now in the team (against Collingwood), and those that put their hand up and perform really strongly again this week will be in the box seat," King said on Friday.

    "If you are in the 22 or 24 for this week and you perform strongly and do what we want as a coaching group and be a good teammate, you're a massive chance (to play round one)," King said.

    While he may have been out-bodied by a physically mature Roughead at times, Naughton still popped up to take several contested and intercept marks, and also gave the Dogs plenty of run with his spread for the contest.

    Naughton's versatility and sound decision making have him well positioned as a replacement for injured stalwart Dale Morris.

    "(Aaron) has the ability to play tall and small (at) 195cm, he's a terrific intercept mark, and he's just one of those kids you can tell have played senior footy before he got here," King said.

    "He's very composed and nothing fazes him too much.
    "He's got some great qualities."

    King was also complimentary of another of his defensive unit, with former Fremantle utility Hayden Crozier performing well in an attacking role off half-back.

    With retired club greats Robert Murphy and Matthew Boyd leaving a big hole down back, the 24-year-old boosted his sound defensive attributes with plenty of run and carry.

    "For that medium size, (Hayden's) really brave and courageous in the air," King said.

    "Then, he's got great attributes to give us bounce off half-back as well, so I thought he was really, really good for us last week.

    "You can see him starting to get comfortable around teammates and the way that we play."

    In further good news for the Dogs, King said powerful key defender Adams had pulled up well from his first competitive hit-out following a second serious foot injury inside 18 months.
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    Re: Dogs draftee a 'massive chance' for round one

    Good luck Aaron.

    We may have lost some star defenders but we have a great new young crop coming through. Just need them to all remain injury free.

    Adams particularly needs some luck.
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    Re: Dogs draftee a 'massive chance' for round one

    Great to see (and hear) he might be a round 1 inclusion #whoneedsjakelever
    Liam Picken is still my favourite player......

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    Re: Dogs draftee a 'massive chance' for round one

    Quote Originally Posted by Smads57 View Post
    Great to see (and hear) he might be a round 1 inclusion #whoneedsjakelever
    Another good performance tomorrow and his pretty much there to debut Round 1.
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    Re: Dogs draftee a 'massive chance' for round one

    Sometimes a players promising career is demonstrated in one singular practice match moment, and yesterday we saw Aaron's courageous attack on the ball with an equally determined Collingwood player closing fast from the other direction. This boy will be something special, no doubt.
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    Re: Dogs draftee a 'massive chance' for round one

    Quote Originally Posted by Jeanette54 View Post
    Sometimes a players promising career is demonstrated in one singular practice match moment, and yesterday we saw Aaron's courageous attack on the ball with an equally determined Collingwood player closing fast from the other direction. This boy will be something special, no doubt.
    He is a lock in and he did it with no experienced players helping out. He backs himself and seems to do it at all the right times.
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    Re: Dogs draftee a 'massive chance' for round one

    Looks a great find

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    Re: Dogs draftee a 'massive chance' for round one

    He's a natural defender with his ability to affect the contest, intercept mark developing his confidence in the modern ability to run and make an option when we have the ball. And heading into round 1 he has a spot in the Men's Dept. 2018 edition sewn up.

    Western Australia has been kind to us in the last couple of years in the tall defender stakes. We managed to get a premiership out of one before he headed back, then they sent Marcus Adams and now Naughton.
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    Re: Dogs draftee a 'massive chance' for round one

    He looks raw as hell and he still manages 7 intercept marks.
    Love to see him after spending 12+ months with Moz. A couple of Cox's marks yesterday were from having an unimpeded run at the ball - Morris wouldn't have allowed that and if Naughton can add that to his game he's going to be incredible.
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