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North Melbourne youngster comes in for huge praise


North Melbourne youngster Tom Powell has been a shining light in what has been a tough year for the club.

The 19-year-old midfielder has been ultra-consistent in his debut season and is yet to miss a game.

Powell is ranked No.2 for disposals and effective disposals, No.2 for goal assists and No.4 for contested possessions out of all the teenagers currently in the AFL.

A Rising Star nomination looms for the talented ball-winner who continues to impress for the winless Kangaroos.

St Kilda champion Leigh Monatgna lavished the young Roo with some huge praise.

“I just want to give a bit of love to young Tom Powell. I’ve seen the Kangaroos live a few times this year, this kid’s an absolute beauty,” Montagna told Fox Footy’s AFL 360.

“In a year where the Rising Star is wide open because there’s no Matt Rowell … he looks about 12 years old this kid, but he can seriously play.

“His hands are beautiful, he’s a good mover, he makes the right decisions. He’s playing for the worst team in the competition at the moment. He’s holding up his end of the bargain really well.

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“I just think this kid has got a future Brownlow Medallist written all over him. I think the way that he plays, he’s a massive accumulator of the footy, he’s going to get 30-plus touches every week.

“He’s getting better with every game this year. In a tough year for North Melbourne, the supporters should go along to the footy to watch a kid like that, because he’s a beauty.”

North Melbourne selected Powell with the 13th pick overall in the 2020 National Draft.

Quaddie EDM@2x

North Melbourne

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