Andrew Boseley overcomes shoulder injury to put himself in draft contention
Andrew Boseley was given a 10 per cent chance of lasting out the season.
The Geelong Falcons key defender suffered a tear in his right shoulder in Round 6 and was told he needed a reconstruction.
But his form in the early part of the season alone was not necessarily going to get him drafted.
If he could manage to play through to the national championships, and perform well on the big-name forwards, it would boost his chances.
So with his right shoulder heavily strapped, the gutsy full-back set about blunting the top spearheads in the country, sending his stocks soaring.
“The guys at the club said you might not get drafted if you pull the pin now, but if I could get through six more games, and just strap it up, it could help,” Boseley said.
“Lucky enough I got through to the championships and just treated every game after that as a bonus, and by the end of the season I wasn’t really worried about it (shoulder). My confidence grew.”
The 19-year-old, who is commonly likened to a young Dustin Fletcher, enhanced his reputation significantly at the carnival, keeping Jonathon Patton, the likely No.1 draft pick, under wraps.
His closing speed, athleticism and ability to read the ball in the air makes him an expert spoiler, and one of the top key defenders in the draft.
Boseley, who starred up forward for South Barwon in last year’s Geelong Football League under-18 grand final, also has the speed and nous to hurt the opposition on the rebound.
He put on 6kg in the off-season and focused on his defensive game and positioning in the aerial contests, under the tutelage of former Falcons coach Aaron Greaves.
“To have the season he did was a really good effort because he had the shoulder and we threw him some really big challenges,” Falcons regional manager Michael Turner said.
“The challenges don’t come much bigger than the likely No.1 pick in the draft, Jon Patton, who is bigger than Jon Brown at the same age. But he performed really well on him in the national championships. And he has still got a light frame so there is still a lot of development in him.”
Boseley has now had the shoulder reconstruction in preparation for his selection, perhaps early in the second round of next month’s draft.
Fremantle, with pick 29, seems to be in the box seat to secure the services of the 194cm stopper.
But Geelong has a penchant for picking red-heads from St Joseph’s, (think Cameron Ling and Barry Stoneham) and could pounce if he slips through to pick 34.
At the Draft Combine, the tall’s results put his running in the elite category for a big man. He ran 20m in 2.93sec, registered a 14.10 beep test and ran 3km in 10min 40sec. Boseley also spoke to officials from Sydney, Western Bulldogs and St Kilda.