MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 07: Luke Davies-Uniacke of the Kangaroos kicks during the round three AFL match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the North Melbourne Kangaroos at Melbourne Cricket Ground on April 07, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Essendon legend Matthew Lloyd has deemed emerging North Melbourne youngster Luke Davies-Uniacke as one of the current game’s closest to two-time Brownlow medalist Chris Judd, per SEN.

Davies-Uniacke has struggled to find opportunities on the field in the past due to ongoing  injury concerns, but has flourished in 2020 under Rhyce Shaw.

The 21-year-old, taken at pick four in the 2017 draft, has played just a handful of games this season after returning from a groin injury, but has proven to be one of the Kangaroos most formidable names.

Lloyd said that Davies-Uniacke has traits that are “Judd-like” in nature and is emerging as a shining prospect.

“I coached Luke Davis-Uniacke at Haileybury. We had a 10-game season, he dropped off in his last two, but his first eight was as good as I’ve seen – I’m talking 30 possessions and six goals in the one game,” Lloyd told AFL Media’s Access All Areas.

“He has (Chris) Judd-like explosiveness, but he hasn’t shown it through injuries and through a lack of belief in himself.

“Now we’re seeing a guy who believes he belongs and North finally may have a superstar that they’ve been crying out for.”

Davies-Uniacke was one of North Melbourne’s best in their loss to Brisbane on the weekend, with the Kangaroos turning their attention to the Magpies on Monday.