Josh Thomas (Gold Coast/Queensland) – Draft Profile

Height: 176cm

Weight: 74kg

Preferred foot: Left/Dual sided

Position: Midfield

Potential: 7.5-8/10


> Very good-excellent ball winning skills – a natural footballer that is a hard at the footy stoppage specialist (prolific 1st possession winner) – 19.3dpg at the U18 Championships from 3 games and 19.6dpg at TAC Cup level from 11 games – lead the clearance per game stat at the U18 championships

> Very strong through the core/hips – difficult to bring down in a tackle

> Very neat ball user by foot – weighting and accuracy of his passes is very good - average depth

> Slick ball user by hand that is able to release quickly

> Excellent decision maker with the football – very composed with great vision and awareness by both hand and foot

> Strong tackler in close

> Clean hands at ground level


> Running capacity – a bit of a question mark over his ability to run out games in the midfield – seems to be rotated quite frequently on and off the ground without playing sustained periods

> Sub 180cm in height


> As a midfielder he forward of the ball more often and hit the scoreboard – only averages 0.4gpg at TAC Cup level and 0.3gpg at U18 championships

> Seems to possess a decent-good burst of pace off the mark and can breakaway from stoppages/congestion with quite good effect

> Seems to have a stocky frame and should fill out to be solid enough for his size

> Rejected an offer from GC17 and chose to nominate for the 2009 AFL Draft


2009 TAC Cup Stats

2009 U18 Championships Stats


Thomas is a promising midfield prospect who despite being short in stature has enough qualities that could allow him to be a very good AFL midfielder. At worst I think he’ll be a very serviceable player in the midfield rotation, at best he could be a top 100-150 AFL player. He’s worth an early 2nd round to early 3rd round pick.

1 comment:

  1. Was a Steal with 5th Rounder Pick 75 by the Pies.

    Can you make a Video please of Thomas