MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 04: James Worpel of the Hawks kicks the winning goal during the round 20 AFL match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Essendon Bombers at Melbourne Cricket Ground on August 4, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Former North Melbourne champion David King says Hawthorn youngster James Worpel produced “the toughest act I’ve seen in football this year” on the weekend.

Speaking on SEN, King praised Worpel’s attack on the ball in the third quarter, when he beat Geelong skipper Joel Selwood to a loose ball and created a Jack Gunston goal.

“A seven-game player, James Worpel, knew the decorated and Most Courageous winner about six-times, Joel Selwood, was coming the other way,” King told SEN.

“It wasn’t even a 50/50 ball, it was a 40/60 ball and he decided it was going to be his.

“He just charged at the ball, took it clean which Geelong couldn’t do, one touch, spun, took a blow, spun out, gave the handball off to Jack Gunston who put it on the scoreboard to the Hawks, but it was bigger than that.

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“It was a massive moment and the whole team got to him as he jogged from the ground and I just thought: what an action, what a moment.

“I think it’s the toughest thing I’ve seen in football all year.”

Worpel was taken at pick 45 by Hawthorn in the 2017 AFL draft and has played seven games this season.