Liam Anthony (East Fremantle/WA) - Draft Profile

Height: 189.3cm

Weight: 86.8kg

Preferred foot: Right

Role: medium-tall running utility

Potential: 7-8/10


> Well executed and effective user by foot and neat user by hand – dual sided - technically excellent – economical action, very good control and weighting – very good penetration and carry (60m) – medium-high trajectory – good execution by hand with sound vision and composure in traffic

> Clean and reliable hands without being spectacular

> Hard and smart offensive runner – ball magnet - runs hard and presents frequently into space (finds plenty of UC marks and HBR) – defensive work-rate is average – good tackler in close, but lacks consistent impact

> Sound all-round ball winner – more outside than in

> Goalkicking midfielder - very effective at pushing forward from the midfield/flank – averages >1 goal per game and often a multiple goal kicker - can kick running goals from beyond 50m

> Clean OH grabber – reads the flight well, effective 1-1 and can hold his position well

> Versatile – can play any of wing, midfield, high or low HFF and rebounding HBF/BP

> AFL ready – well built mature ager that showed excellent WAFL form towards the end of 2008 – . In his last 10 games, he had 30 or more disposals on 5 occasions and kicked 16 goals, including multiple goals on 4 occasions - 2009 R/U EF B&F and WAFL colts TOTY wing.


> Poor natural endurance base – low 13s beep test at 2008 WA SS, but has been on the improve – on-field endurance seems fine (has the mental endurance to push himself the extra mile), but will need further improvements to his base levels to run out games in the midfield – pace is decent (tested better than expected) and consistent throughout the game

> Agility - lacks evasiveness (straight line player) and recovery isn’t great


>Reads stoppages and sharks ruck taps with decent proficiency – may spend stints in the middle, but not genuine inside midfielder potential

> Originally from Geraldton – moved up to East Fremantle in 2005 to play colts

> Had a role with East Fremantle as their development officer in 2008


Anthony presents as a plug’n’play mature ager with a range of handy attributes for the modern game that should see him slot into AFL fairly quickly and comfortably. While he doesn’t have star potential, he should be at least solid and has the capacity to make it in a number of different roles – most likely as a goal kicking wingman.

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