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Steely resolve: Green ready for AFL journey

Steely Green has more than just a great name.

The 18-year-old South Fremantle midfielder looms as a likely draft prospect later this month, having featured at senior level in eight games this season on top of his state under 18’s commitments.

Originally from Brookton in the state’s southeast, Green averaged 18 disposals at league level, playing in the club’s finals clash with Peel in September to further enhance his claims to AFL recruiters.

Having not been on the recruiting radar 12 months ago, Green has emerged as a draft bolter, added to the under 18’s squad early in the year after his performances at league level, recording 25 disposals against Subiaco on league debut in round one.

“I think I was heading down to the beach when Todd Curley rang me,” Green told Sports Breakfast.

“I was getting ready for the Colts game; he told me a spot had opened up and they thought I was ready for the opportunity. I just sat there in awe and couldn’t believe it. It was amazing.”

Green went on to feature in the under 18’s carnival for Western Australia, averaging 14 disposals, 4 marks, 2 tackles, 2 clearances and 3 inside 50’s, mixing his time between a midfielder and forward.

Green described himself as an inside midfielder who enjoyed the physical side of the game.

“I definitely like the rougher side of footy. I love getting my hands dirty and pushing in and under. The idea of hitting bodies is what I love the most.”

Green, who stands at 178 cm compared his football to that of dual Richmond premiership player Liam Baker, capable of playing different roles.

A keen sailor in his younger years, Green was struck by lightning in a freak accident while onboard a ship in 2017, spared death thanks to the rubber on his clothing and shoes.

“One day I finished off a race and managed to find my way in, as I just docked up the boat I had my hand on the mast which was in the sky and got pulsated off the boat,” he said.

“I had rubber boots on which saved me.”

Having fully recovered within a few weeks, Green has now parked his sailing dream, setting his sights on an AFL venture instead.

“It would mean the world to me to get drafted,” he said.

“I’ve got to wait until someone reads my name out. That’s when the work will really start. I’ll just wait and see.”

The opening round of the AFL National Draft is on Monday 28th November, with the remaining rounds to be held on Tuesday 29th November.

IMAGE: The West Australian.

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