Rejection drives modest Docker Barlow
Michael Barlow says years of being rejected by AFL clubs drove him to become the overnight sensation that has taken the competition by storm.
The 22-year-old Fremantle midfielder, who was upgraded from the rookie list in round one, yesterday added the Ross Glendinning Medal to his growing trophy cabinet.
A dual club best and fairest and winner of the VFL’s young player of the year, Barlow had 25 disposals, won five clearances, laid seven tackles and kicked a goal in just his sixth AFL game.
St Kilda considered rookie listing Barlow in 2007, but looked else-where, forcing the on-baller to ply his trade in the VFL.
A ball magnet who averages 28 possessions a game, Barlow said he was now a much better player than when clubs first looked at him.
“I did a pre-season at St Kilda after playing local footy,” he said. “I thought I was ready to go and was disappointed when I didn’t get rookied.