Neville Jetta (Swan Districts/WA) – Draft Profile

Height: 179.6cm

Weight: 76.6kg

Style: Inside/outside small utility (wingman/midfielder/HFF/HBF)

Preferred Foot: Right

Potential: 6.5-7.5/10


> Decent pace (though not explosive enough to cause significant damage), vertical jump (loves going for flyers) and very good agility/evasiveness/balance (similarly to Leroy has the ‘dancing feet’).

> Very good ball use via hand – creative, good DM, good vision in close and releases with good power and reflexes

> Very versatile – ability to play any of midfield (inside or out), high or deep HFF or rebounding HBF – best suited to midfield

> Well above average OH for his size – has a sizeable reach advantage for his height

> Surprisingly penetrating RF kick – very good ball spin, can carry it 55m – accuracy, precision and hurt factor all around average

> Clean ball handling at ground level

> Defensive work-ethic is a standout – not direct opponent accountable, but protects his zones very well – constantly harassing the opposition like a nippy toy dog and does it with good effect at bringing up turnovers

> Strong and effective tackler and loves physical contact and does it with aggression – layed out plenty of heavy shirt fronts in the U18 championships

> Pushes forward very effectively from the midfield and flanks – opportunistic – gets front and centre position well - ability to kick goals from any angle around and inside 50

> Good 2008 form – particularly end of year form - WA U18 rep, 2008 colts premiership player (along with Mel Whinnen medal for BOG) and 2008 WAFL TOTY (HFF)


> Height – a touch under 180cm

> Engine needs to be improved – can’t run out entire games in the midfield

> Can be scrappy at times by foot


> Leroy’s cousin

> Eligible but didn’t nominate in 2007 due to focus on completing year 12?

> Didn’t make state U18 squads till this year – resided and played country football in Bunbury – didn’t train with Swan Districts colts this year – travelled every weekend up from Bunbury to play for Swan Districts in 2008

> Part of the Clontarf academy – suggests good upside with both conditioning and skills when introduced to AFL training regime.


A solid prospect with limited weaknesses, however lacks the level of flair/influence/hurt factor/freakishness that guys like Rioli, Yarran and Leroy Jetta bring to the table. A rare working class type of indigenous player that is capable of playing numerous roles for his team despite lack of height.

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