2017 AFL Draft prospects: Charlie Spargo

Name: Charlie Spargo
Position: Inside midfielder/small forward
Club: Murray Bushrangers/Allies
DOB: 25-11-1999
Height: 174cm
Weight: 73kg
Draft range: 20-30

Summary: Inside midfielder who is strong in the contest but question marks remain over his size. Plays like Toby Greene and Lachie Neale.

Strengths:

  • Ball winning ability
  • Speed
  • Ferocious attack on the ball
  • Clean disposal

Weaknesses:

  • Undersized for an inside midfielder

Overview

Despite his size, Spargo can still win plenty of the ball in the contest. His best position is as an inside midfielder but is equally able to go forward and kick goals. He is a good decision maker who loves a tackle with generally clean skills, making him a good value pick in the 20-30 range.

His season was cut short due to a shoulder injury he sustained while playing for the Allies in the Under-18 Championships and the lack of playing time has seen his draft stocks plummet, rated as a top-10 talent at the beginning of the year.

Spargo is the son of former North Melbourne and Brisbane Bears player Paul who played 81 games for the Roos and nine games for the Bears. He is not eligible to join either team under the father-son rule. Spargo was formerly a member of the GWS Academy before Albury was removed from the Giants’ zone earlier this year.

With his size, Spargo would be a risk as his junior form may not translate well into the AFL, but he has enough versatility to play solely as a forward.

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