With their only live selection in the NAB AFL Rookie Draft, the GIANTS welcomed the versatile Cooper Hamilton.
The key details:
Drafted from: Bendigo Pioneers, NAB League/Colbinabbin FC/Caulfield Grammar
State: Victoria Country
Date of Birth: 24/09/03
Medium defender/midfielder with elite endurance which enables him to get to multiple contests as well as outnumber the opposition. A very strong contested mark, he also uses the ball effectively by hand and foot. Represented both the Australian under-18s team and Victoria Country this year after being an All-Australian at under-16s level in 2019. He played four matches in the NAB League, averaging 13.2 disposals (7.5 contested) and 4.8 tackles. His time of 5:48 for the 2km time trial at the Victorian Country Draft Combine was the second-fastest ever. His twin brother Hugh is also a draft contender with both dividing their football between Caulfield Grammar and the Pioneers.
What National Recruiting Manager Adrian Caruso says:
Cooper is a player we think adds some flexibility to our list in the roles he can play. We see him playing down back to start with, but his elite endurance base might help him play in some higher roles down the track. He is a well-rounded player and we know he will bring a strong work ethic to give himself the best chance to succeed.
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