MATURE age players have somewhat filled gaps and accelerated some premiership dreams in recent times, notably James Podsiadly at Geelong, Stewart Crameri at Essendon and even Ian Callinan at Adelaide.
Perhaps the next name to fill a void may be Frankston forward Khan Haretuku, who was delisted from St Kilda as a 19-year-old, but has become a more accomplished player in the VFL since.
He is expected to be heavily looked at in the lead up to this year’s AFL draft.
“It’s more just the confidence to fly at the ball rather than try and shepherd out for someone else for someone else to mark,” Haretuku said.
“I honestly haven’t focused on anything other than the next game I suppose. I don’t want to let the mind wander I guess and just focus on what’s got me in this position so far and that’s playing good footy.”
There is a bit of international flavour at the Dolphins this season with former Cameroon international goalkeeper Patty Ndongo trying his luck in the VFL this season and making his debut recently. He plans to stick around and try his luck in making a career out of AFL.
Frankston, who has finished with the wooden spoon over the past two seasons, has still produced AFL talent in recent seasons with Michael Hibberd and Mark Baguley, both landing at Essendon over the past two seasons.
Goosey also rates Dolphin midfielders Leigh Osborne and Kyle Martin as others that are likely to prosper at AFL clubs in this year’s draft.