Position: Midfield/Utility (any non key position)
Preferred foot: Right foot/Dual sided
Style-like: Joel Selwood/Jimmy Bartel
> Extreme levels of hardness, intensity, competitiveness and work-rate in both directions – 100% team player that leaves no stone unturned on the field – attack on the ball and all-round defensive pressure (chasing, tackling, spoiling, shephearding for teammates etc.) are excellent
> Versatile – capable of playing on any line and both offensive and/or defensive roles
> Very good all-round ball winning ability and play reading ability (inc at stoppages) – contested ball winning machine that averaged 24.2dpg at 2009 TAC Cup level and 19.8dpg (9.8CPpg) at 2009 U18 championships
> Very strong OH for his height – great attack on the ball and vice like grip
> Very good all-round DM ability, including vision and awareness
> Clean and very reliable ball handling
> Effective and damaging user by hand – quick hands, very good vision and execution to open up the play from congestion
> Strong and effective tackler that rarely lets any past him
> Good goal sense and scoring ability as a midfielder/forward rotator – averaged – super accurate too with 1.7gpg (83%acc) at 2009 TAC Cup level and 1.2gpg (86%acc) at 2009 U18 championships level
> Very well balanced – rarely loses his feet and difficult to bring to ground
> Ultra consistent performer – I had him in the best for all 5 VC U18 Championships games (officially named for 4/5) and was officially named in the Geelong TAC Cup sides best 11/13 times this season!
No major concerns
> Seems to have OK pace – not line-breaking, but at the same time isn’t slow enough to call a weakness
> Decent ball user by foot over short to medium distances (I’m not sure why it gets called a weakness by some, but probably not quite a genuine strength) – typically weights his passes well with OK trajectory - overall range maxes out around 50m, which reduces his potential hurt factor by foot – more strength and getting more momentum regularly behind his kicks (seems to kick off one step quite a bit) should help him improve kicking penetration
> Outstanding character reports – quite a few reports have paid tribute to his commitment and dedication - Mick Turner (GF regional manager) believes he is the "the most professional player I have seen in 15 years of TAC Cup". – he doesn’t mind pumping his club’s players tyres though...
> Ready for AFL action next year
> 2009 AA U18 FP
> 2009 TAC Cup TOTY HBF and equal 2nd in the Morrish medal
Cunnington has produced the goods over the last 2 years at both TAC Cup and U18 championship level to become a leading inside midfield/utility prospect in this draft. He has a very well rounded footballing skillset along with incredible levels of desperation, intensity and work-ethic which make him a safe-bet, high quality AFL prospect - I’d be surprised if he isn’t consistently mentioned in the top 50 AFL footballers when he matures. I see his value as an early first round pick.