Port Adelaide rookie Connor Rozee has taken the AFL by storm so far this season, and is hot off a Rising Star nomination after booting five goals against Brisbane on Saturday night.
Rozee is averaging 19.0 disposals, 5.3 marks and 3.3 tackles so far this season, and has arguably been one of the top rookies in the 2018 draft class to date.
Port Adelaide club legend Kane Cornes is enamoured with Rozee, and believes he could become one of the game’s elite players over the coming years.
“I was thinking, and I have made the odd big call in my time, I think Connor Rozee is the next Nathan Fyfe,” Cornes told SEN SA Breakfast.
“Bear with me for a second here. Go back and look at Nathan Fyfe, when he first entered the competition he was a skinny, wiry player who played across half-forward mainly before eventually he got three seasons in the gym and then we see this specimen of a man that we see now.
“I think Rozee should be modelling his game on Nathan Fyfe, but Rozee is a better kick than Fyfe so what I’m saying is, Port fans, I was thinking who’s Rozee like, he’s the next Nathan Fyfe of the competition.
“We see Fyfe and what he is now. Fyfe was by no means a perfect footballer when he started, in fact he was pick 20. There were 19 selections that overlooked Nathan Fyfe (in the draft).
“Port fans, you might have the next Nathan Fyfe on your hands.”
Since entering the league Fyfe has gone on to win the Brownlow Medal, so Rozee certainly has a lot to look forward too if he does emulate the Fremantle midfielder’s career.