North Ballarat Rebel attracts attention from AFL recruiters

YOUNG GUN: Ararat product Naish McRoberts in action for the Stawell Warriors in the 2016 Wimmera Football League preliminary final. Picture: Peter Pickering

YOUNG GUN: Ararat product Naish McRoberts in action for the Stawell Warriors in the 2016 Wimmera Football League preliminary final. Picture: Peter Pickering

Ararat product and Stawell Warriors player Naish McRoberts took part in a young guns football game at Sandringham on Sunday.

The game was McRoberts’ last chance to impress AFL recruiters on the footy field before the draft.

McRoberts said it was a great day to be a part of.

"It was a good experience,” he said.

"A lot of the boys there played VFL so that was handy.

"I did not really think too much about the AFL recruiters.”

The 17-year-old is a versatile player who can play anywhere the coach requires.

McRoberts said he played a in a mix of positions on Sunday.

"I played a half in the midfield and a half in the backline,” he said.

I probably did not stand out but I think I did my job.”

McRoberts played across the half-back flank for the North Ballarat Rebels during the 2016 TAC Cup season.

He said he exceeded all of his own expectations for the year.

“I did not expect to play much but I played all games except the three games I was suspended.”

He had plenty of friends to share the year with.

“Not knowing a lot of the Ballarat boys, playing with Tom Williamson, Jackson Taurau and Riley Taylor definitely helped,” he said.

He will turn 18 in December, so is eligible for the 2016 AFL draft.

McRoberts said he has had some interest from clubs.

“Had a meeting with some recruiters a few weeks back,” he said.

“But I will just take a few weeks off and take a break before preseason training starts.”

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