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How Jackson went against "ruckman code": Gawn


Luke Jackson has only been at the Melbourne Football Club for a fortnight, but the star draftee has already caught the eye of Max Gawn.

The Demons picked up the ruckman with the third pick in the National Draft out of Western Australia and Gawn said his ability to win the ball at ground level has already blown him away.

“He’s gone against ruckman code and done some of the best ground balls I’ve ever seen at training in the first week,” he told SEN’s Bob and Andy.

“He was on me and I went up in the marking contest and I think he did as well, but when I turned around he was 20 metres another way picking up a ground ball.

“He is an exciting player.”

Given Gawn is a three-time All-Australian ruckman, the question remains where the rookie will line up for the Dees.

The 27-year-old star believes Jackson is versatile enough to play almost anywhere.

“I’m not sure what position he is going to play in. At the moment it looks like ruck, but Goody (Simon Goodwin) said he could be a mid,” he said.

“Luke Darcy and Peter Street did a bit of swapping around so maybe Jackson in the ruck and I could play a bit on ball a little bit.

“I’m very excited. He’s an athletic kid.”

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