GEELONG, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 24: Josh Rachele of the NAB AFL Academy in action during the match between the NAB AFL Academy and the Geelong Cats VFL side at GMHBA Stadium on April 24, 2021 in Geelong, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Pockett/AFL Photos)

A member of the NAB League Team of the Year, Josh Rachele is one of the most exciting prospects in his class.

A threatening talent in attack, the Bushrangers star has a keen eye for goal and has shown an ability to impact the scoreboard from any angle.

The skilful medium-sized forward is set to warrant an early calling in the National Draft, as Rachele firms as the best player for his position.

The teenage sensation booted 11 goals from his four matches with Murray this year, also averaging 18.5 disposals, 6.3 marks and 3.8 tackles per game to be named at forward-pocket in the Team of the Year.

Also a representative for Vic Country and the AFL Academy side that faced Geelong's reserves earlier this year, Rachele has been able to utilise his limited exposure in 2021 to impress recruiters.

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With his impressive balance as a crafty forward and that is capable of moving into the middle of the ground, Rachele is set to be a highly sought-after name in the opening 10 selections of the draft.

Stunningly, Rachele was a member of Australia's Under 17s soccer squad and had even been offered a scholarship by Melbourne City FC before opting to ply his trade with the Sherrin.

Team: Murray Bushrangers
Position: Forward/Midfielder
Height: 179cm
Weight: 81kg

Strengths

Kicking
Eye for goal
Agility
Match-winner
Composure
Pressure

Weaknesses

Consistency
Four-quarter efforts

Draft Range

4-8

Potential Landing Spots

Adelaide (Pick 4), Hawthorn (Pick 5), Fremantle (Picks 6 & 8)

AFL Comparisons

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 20: Toby Greene of the Giants celebrates kicking a goal during the Greater Western Sydney Giants and the Collingwood Magpies at GIANTS Stadium on July 20, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/AFL Photos via Getty Images )

Toby Greene
Robbie Gray
Michael Walters

Expert Comments

"Small forward/midfielder who was scintillating in the NAB AFL Under 16 Championships in 2019 for Victoria Country averaging 26 disposals and winning its MVP as well as the overall division one best and fairest award. A crafty forward kicking six goals against the Northern Knights, averaging 2.8 goals in his four matches for the Murray Bushrangers this year." - Kevin Sheehan

"Everybody wants a gamechanger and Rachele has that capacity. The forward pocket rocket is damaging inside-50 and shapes as a player who will be pushing for selection in his debut season given he can hit the scoreboard in a number of ways." - Callum Twomey

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