Kruezer joins the Elite
Last week Elite Sports Properties secured the representation of Nothern Knights player Matthew Kreuzer. [Tonight’s loser may find white Knight]
After recieving many calls, Kreuzer felt it was time to make a decision, and Elite Sports Properties, a full-service agency who manages stars including Robert Harvey, Nathan Buckley and one of Matthew’s idols (and number 1 draft pick) Josh Fraser will represent his affairs in the upcoming 2007 AFL (Australian Football League) draft in November.
The 18 year old, who currently plays in the TAC Cup (the most common feeder league to the AFL and at a similar level to the college system in the US) is touted as a possible number 1 draft pick. He stands at 199cm tall, yet can still run 20m in just over 3 seconds and a 14.5 on the beep test.
Teams placed high on the AFL ladder have conceeded he won’t be available when it’s their turn to pick (The AFL operates a last place-first place pick 1-16 first round, with no lottery).
In the recent National Under-18 championships, although his representative team lost, he shone as one of the sides best players.
The AFL is season is heading to the business end and it’s looking clear that either Richmond or Melbourne will finish at the bottom of the ladder.
Both Melbourne (David Neitz, 32) and Richmond (Matthew Richardson, 32) have Key Forwards with only a couple of seasons left in them. In the Ruck departments, both team’s stocks are low, with Richmond’s Troy Simmonds suffering injuries (leaving them with little cover) and Melbourne’s Jeff White is 30, with his understudy Mark Jamar not reaching the potential Melbourne expected.
If Kreuzer continues his excellent form, and Richmond continue propping up the ladder, it is likely he will be playing at Richmond next year.
– Chris Lesley