Collingwood premiership player and new Port Adelaide development coach Tyson Goldsack believes Ben Crocker has all the attributes to make it in the AFL.
Delisted by the Magpies after 26 games over four seasons, Crocker was picked up by Adelaide in the rookie draft last week.
Speaking with Kane Cornes and Andrew Hayes on SEN SA Breakfast, Goldsack, who is living with Crocker, said the forward just needed to build confidence after an inconsistent spell at the Holden Centre.
“He’s actually living with me, so I have two daughters and a son now,” he said.
“He’s got all the attributes, he’s a nice kick, runs great lines and can run all day, he just needs to build that confidence and that base to do it week after week.
“I think this opportunity in Adelaide will hold him in good stead.”
The 32-year old also paid tribute to Crocker’s attitude, saying he helped create a positive culture at Collingwood despite his father’s well-documented battle with dementia.
“He’s one of the most genuine blokes you’ll meet, which sometimes gets a bit lost because he’s always up and about and creating energy,” he said.
“He’s wise beyond his years on the homefront, on the football front he’s still working on his game.”
Crocker was drafted by Collingwood with Pick 65 in the 2015 AFL Draft and kicked 21 goals in his 26 games in the black and white.
Listen to Goldsack's chat on SEN SA Breakfast below: