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Re: Pick 17: Jack Higgins
« Reply #15 on: November 24, 2017, 09:03:25 PM »
Great pickup!

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Re: Pick 17: Jack Higgins
« Reply #16 on: November 24, 2017, 09:04:25 PM »

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Re: Pick 17: Jack Higgins
« Reply #17 on: November 24, 2017, 09:08:31 PM »
Lets hope more like Brent Harvey, Greenes a turd
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Re: Pick 17: Jack Higgins
« Reply #18 on: November 24, 2017, 09:23:44 PM »
Check out his draft interview on the AFL website.

I am feeling a lot better about our draft now.

Can someone post the link ?.

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Re: Pick 17: Jack Higgins
« Reply #19 on: November 24, 2017, 09:25:27 PM »

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Re: Pick 17: Jack Higgins
« Reply #20 on: November 24, 2017, 09:31:33 PM »
Absolute steal getting this guy!!! :clapping :clapping :clapping
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Re: Pick 17: Jack Higgins
« Reply #21 on: November 24, 2017, 09:32:35 PM »
Holy hell stuffing gun and not far off best 22 already

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Re: Pick 17: Jack Higgins
« Reply #22 on: November 24, 2017, 10:06:24 PM »
Absolute steal getting this guy!!! :clapping :clapping :clapping


Amazing get at this pick :clapping will be considered one of the best in his draft year :gotigers

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Re: Pick 17: Jack Higgins
« Reply #23 on: November 25, 2017, 04:15:17 PM »
he is a battle dwarf, I take back my doubts, thought he was a small forward.  Looks like a nuggety ball winner with a decent kick.  Chases hard, likes a goal, thumbs up

Battle dwarf.  ;D
You're smacking them out of the park today Hoot.
Maybe Rimmer (star of Red Dwarf) as the nickname.

Starts by fighting with Castagna, Butler and Lloyd for the small forward spot then goes into the midfield when Edwards retires.
Very slick, smart handball in close early in one of the clips.

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Re: Pick 17: Jack Higgins
« Reply #24 on: November 25, 2017, 04:26:22 PM »

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Here's what we can expect to see from our pick 17, Jack Higgins
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Re: Pick 17: Jack Higgins
« Reply #25 on: November 25, 2017, 06:22:13 PM »
Naish said he was thrilled to land at Richmond where his father played 143 matches and join forces with close mate Higgins.
“’Higgo’ and I always roomed together so I’m so happy for him,” Naish said.
“He played more midfield and I was on the wing, so he would always give it out to me, but since he moved forward we kicked it a lot to each other in the carnival.
“I think Higgo and I can add to that (Richmond’s) pressure and also add a bit of class to the group which is exciting coming off a premiership and then bringing in someone like Higgo.
“He is a superstar.”

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Re: Pick 17: Jack Higgins
« Reply #26 on: November 25, 2017, 11:21:03 PM »
Based on his highlights, I reckon we have drafted this kid to be an upgrade on Prestia.

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Re: Pick 17: Jack Higgins
« Reply #27 on: November 25, 2017, 11:31:07 PM »
guy looks like a jet and lets face it we just won the flag based on guys like him, so let the party continue i say.




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Re: Pick 17: Jack Higgins
« Reply #28 on: November 26, 2017, 05:16:11 AM »
Pre-draft articles on Higgins:

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November 3, 2017
Riley Beveridge
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YOU will struggle to find anyone more passionate about their football than Jack Higgins.

The diminutive Oakleigh Chargers youngster simply loves it.

He breathes footy. He sleeps footy. He lives footy.

Playing the game at the highest level has been a dream of Higgins’ for as long as he can remember. Ever since he started having a kick with his dad in the park, even before his Auskick days, he knew what he wanted to do.

Now, he’s on the cusp of what is, quite literally, a lifelong ambition.

“I really enjoy my football,” Higgins tells foxfooty.com.au.

“It makes my week, playing a game of footy. Even going to training, I love it. Every part of football — meetings, ice baths, games — I love it.”

He pauses, momentarily.

“Maybe I don’t love ice baths,” he laughs. “But I’ll get in one, I won’t complain.”

Higgins has taken his analysis of the game to the next level over the last 12 months.

Growing up idolising Sam Mitchell, he simply couldn’t miss the opportunity of a ‘Mitch Masterclass’ ahead of the Hawthorn champion’s 300th game midway through last year.

Higgins went to the Round 18 fixture, found himself a spot behind the goals, and analysed Mitchell’s running patterns to a tee. Only 178cm himself, he observed every movement.


Jack Higgins of the Oakleigh Chargers won the 2017 Morrish medal.Source: Supplied

But it wasn’t the only time Higgins has gone to AFL games with the specific intention to watch individual players. It’s something he does often. And it reflects his desire to improve.

“He just loves his footy,” Oakleigh talent manager Craig Notman tells foxfooty.com.au.

“He’s a fierce competitor. With everything he does in a footy capacity, it’s to make sure he improves and gets the best out of himself in that footy context.

“He’s a kid that’s genuinely in love with the game. He’s got a real willingness to succeed and that shows through.”

From an individual perspective, Higgins couldn’t have done much more across his draft year.

Having played predominantly forward in the TAC Cup with the Chargers, he moved into the midfield in order to spearhead Vic Metro’s successful National Championships campaign.

Higgins, 178cm, ended the carnival averaging 27 disposals, 13 contested possessions, six tackles and five clearances. That added to the work he did forward of centre, where he still managed to kick six goals and provide a further seven goal assists from just four games.


Jack Higgins' TAC Cup stats for 2017.Source: Supplied

Such form carried through to the second half of the TAC Cup season, where Higgins was influential in helping Oakleigh finish the campaign as minor premiers.

Multiple 30-disposal games in the midfield were followed with huge hauls up forward, including an incredible seven-goal match against the Pioneers in August.

It saw Higgins end the TAC Cup season averaging 23 disposals and 2.3 goals per match.

The end product? In the 33 games Champion Data has covered Higgins throughout his junior career, he has averaged 145 ranking points — the best average figure ever recorded by the AFL’s official number crunchers, beating Tom Rockliff’s record of 144.

“I think it’s been pretty consistent,” Higgins says of his season.

“I’ve worked really hard to get to this point in time and I think it’s all coming together in place. I just can’t wait to get stuck into it.”

Higgins and his father have a saying: “Hard work beats talent.”


Jack Higgins impressed at the AFL Draft Combine at Etihad Stadium in October.Source: Supplied

It’s a quote Higgins admits he stole from Golden State superstar Kevin Durant. And it’s apt in the young draft hopeful’s case, given hardly anyone has worked harder than him this year.

But while he also admires Durant, his AFL influences are a little less high profile.

There’s Mitchell. Then there’s Michael Barlow.

“I love players who have done it the hard way,” Higgins says.

“Michael Barlow, Sam Mitchell — those types who have come through the VFL. I really admire those players and the journey they’ve taken.”

It’s unlikely Higgins himself will have to take a similar journey.

Described by one recruiting expert as the best player in this year’s draft crop, he appears a certain first-round selection. On talent alone, he should be in the Pick 1 debate.

However, such has been his dedication to footy this year — which has seen Higgins appoint a series of specialist coaches to develop his game — other recruiters are questioning the scope of improvement still left to come once the youngster does eventually enter an AFL system.

Higgins hardly listens to such criticisms.

“The pressure sits with me fine,” he says.


Jack Higgins starred for Vic Metro.Source: Supplied

“It’s all outside noise, I don’t really listen to it. I just want to play my footy and see what comes at the end of the year.”

If he does slip, it will give plenty of clubs the opportunity to secure a player that could prove to be the steal of this year’s draft.

After all, it’s not often a Morrish Medal winner, a Vic Metro MVP and the best statistical junior Champion Data has ever covered falls into the latter stages of the first round.

“If he’s not the most determined player I’ve seen coming through the system, he’d be very close to the top,” Notman says of Higgins.

“He’s certainly got an end goal in mind and he’ll do everything in his power to get there.”

JACK HIGGINS

Clubs: Oakleigh/Vic Metro

Position: Midfield/Forward

Size: 178cm, 76kg

Draft Range: 8-20

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Re: Pick 17: Jack Higgins
« Reply #29 on: November 26, 2017, 05:19:30 AM »
Draft prospects: Jack Higgins

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2 November 2017




There is not much more Jack Higgins could have done in his draft season. The Oakleigh Chargers prospect was named Vic Metro's most valuable player in its title-winning side, was picked in the under-18 All Australian side, and then claimed the Morrish Medal as the TAC Cup's best player.

It was all warranted. The small forward/midfielder pieced together an extremely productive and consistent season, on the back of a promising season last year as a bottom-ager and a standout under-16 carnival when he was named the best player in the championships.

None of it has happened by fluke. Higgins has been aiming towards an AFL career for some time, and has engaged a personal trainer, a speed coach and also a football mentor to develop his overall game and fitness.

Throughout this year he did extra touch, recovery and pilates sessions, and lived something of an AFL club's weekly program to be ready for what will come next season. He'll be ready.

Why They Should Pick Him

Higgins finds the goals with ease. In 14 games for the Oakleigh Chargers this season he kicked 32 goals, including a haul of seven against Bendigo. He averaged one a game in the four-match Vic Metro carnival, and also chipped in with a couple in the NAB AFL Academy exhibition game earlier this season. If you're a club looking for a goalkicker, his season makes for good reading.

This season has seen Higgins round off his game nicely, becoming more unselfish in attack and also setting teammates up regularly by hand. His skills on both feet are very good, he can mark strongly above his head and on the lead for a player his size, and he's clean at ground level.

He has also been able to step into the midfield at different stages, which was never on show more than in Vic Metro's first game of the division one carnival, when he had 30 disposals, nine marks, seven clearances and kicked two goals in a best-on-ground effort. He tends to step up when games matter most.

The Query

At 178cm there are always going to be queries about Higgins' height and whether that will stop him from having the same impact at AFL level as he's managed as an under-18. He's managed to improve his speed so that it isn't an issue, and at top pace he runs three seconds over 20m.

Due to his full-on footy mindset and dedication, some recruiters have wondered about how much growth there is left to come in his game. But he will be the type to lap up being in an AFL system and environment, which he did when he spent a week at Collingwood as part of his NAB AFL Academy program. Nathan Buckley was a big wrap for his work ethic and drive.

Plays Like ...

Think Toby Greene. That's the type of small forward that Higgins could develop into, and he could also be like Greene and be capable of pushing into the midfield for stints early in his career.

Draft Range

Higgins is an interesting one. On production and output he probably should be a top-five pick. But he seems more likely to be taken somewhere from pick No.8 to later in the first round.

The Bottom Line

Higgins is a pro already. Wherever he goes next year he seems likely to be playing a fair bit of senior footy. Of all the players in this year's pool, he's perhaps got the best footy IQ. He knows the game and loves it, and fans will enjoy watching him.