It’s not often that an 18-year-old kid comes second in the WAFL’s Leading Goal Kicker standings but that’s exactly what 196cm and 85kg Logan McDonald did.
McDonald booted 21 goals for Perth in his 9 WAFL games and was only held goalless on one occasion.
He looks a great size and for a young player, he uses his body extremely well, comfortably holding off much more experienced players with mature bodies throughout this season.
McDonald averaged a very respectable 61.6 Fantasy points in the WAFL and ranked 76th in average fantasy points scored. Not bad for a kid!
He had two games in the 80’s with an 85 point game as his PB.
Stats-wise he averaged 7 kicks, 4 handballs, 4 marks, 1 tackle and 2 goals a game which I think is exceptional for an 18-year-old kid.
It would have been great to see McDonald in the Under 18 Championships this year, to see how dominant he would have been against his own age.
He did show his class in the 2019 Championships playing three matches where he averaged 11 touches, 4 marks and one goal per game as a 17-year-old.
There is lots of talk about his running capacity (has been likened to Nick Riewoldt), so if he can build his tank further over the next couple years – look out!
Listeners of the pod will know I’m a big fan of draftees who have played senior football in their home state and I think McDonald looks a great chance to play round one.
He has the footy smarts and talent to be a great footballer and could be a handy enough scorer in 2021 at the right club.
The Crows are in desperate need of a key forward and it will be interesting to see if they take him with pick one or if they go with the local SA kid Riley Thilthorpe.
I think McDonald could surprise a few next years fantasy-wise and is only going to get better as he matures!
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