Name: Matthew Ling
Position: General defender/outside midfielder
Club: Geelong Falcons/Vic Country
Draft range: 20-30
Summary: Pacy midfielder with elite foot skills but doesn’t find a lot of the ball.
- Not a natural ball winner
Ling can play either as a useful rebounder off half-back or as an outside midfielder. He is an elite kick of the ball and is lightning fast, running a 3.03 second 20-metre sprint at the draft combine.
He came third in the yo-yo test at the combine with a score of 21.8 but despite his endurance, has never been a huge winner of the ball. Regardless, AFL clubs may see him as a solid option given elite kicking and speed are so heavily sought after.