Ahead of the AFL draft on December 9th, draft hopeful Corey Durdin out of South Australia, who has been playing with Central Districts in the SANFL over the last two years as a small forward, has spoken with all 18 AFL clubs but has attracted serious interest from two clubs in particular – Carlton and Fremantle.
Carlton are in a position where a small forward is a priority selection as they look to find the next talent to take over from Eddie Betts, while Fremantle are in a similar position on the lookout for a talented goalsneak to add to their youthful stocks.
“During the programs with the SA hub we’ve had a chance to speak to every club, but there’s been interest from Carlton and Freo,” he said on SEN SA Breakfast.
“I probably can’t reveal too much, but they’re the main clubs that have sort of shown interest in me.”
“Not really any interest from Port, but a little bit from the Crows,” he added.
“I think it would be good to go there, I’d love it there. There’s definitely positions there. If it comes to it, I’d be happy to.”
Standing at 172cm and following the Kangaroos as a junior, Durdin said he doesn’t really follow a team anymore, but rather players, and compares his game to that of current Western Bulldogs kicking specialist Caleb Daniel.
“Talking about favourite players it would be Caleb Daniel.
“Similar in how we play and our strengths with the ball. I look at him and look how he plays. He obviously plays a different role at the moment in the backline but it is something I think I could do, transitioning into the AFL system.”
Should an interstate club draft Durdin, he added he is prepared and would be more than ready to make the move.
“Yeah, absolutely. I’m prepared for it,” he added.
“I pretty much cook for myself. I can look after myself well, I’ll be fine. I’ve got family if it were to be Melbourne.
“I’m ready for the next step. I’ve been playing against men for two years and I’m not scared, I’m not afraid, I’m ready to go.”