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CLASSY GLENN WINS STAR SEARCH

 

By ZAC MILBANK | Twitter @zacmilbank
Central District young gun Josh Glenn has won the 2013 Powerade Star Search Award.
Featuring in all 20 league matches this season, the skilful Bulldog averaged 17 disposals en route to being selected as the SANFL’s most outstanding emerging talent.
Nominated for the Powerade Star Search Award after an eye-catching display against Port Adelaide in Round 6, Glenn’s disposal efficiency of 78 per cent was also a highlight of his season.
‘’His composure under pressure for a first year player in this competition has been clearly exceptional,’’ Central coach Roy Laird said.
‘’He (Glenn) doesn’t panic, makes very good decisions and uses the ball extremely well.’’
The 19-year-old – who wins a cheque for $2,000 courtesy of Coca-Cola – spent the majority of the year playing across half-back.
But his versatility has also seen him pushed up the ground where he regularly featured on the highlights tape kicking a fine goal on the run.
‘’He has played predominantly in that (defensive) role but we also saw him end up on the wing,’’ Laird said.
‘’And at times he played as a small forward where he was a bit deceptive, he can take a mark and he knows where the goals are.
‘’The moment he did come in, there was no hesitation in our minds that he would be playing all year because those things were very glaring early in the piece. He was right up to performing at the level.’’
The left-footer has been quick to capture the attention of AFL scouts after being invited to this year’s National AFL Combine in October.
Laird is left in no doubt Glenn would handle the next step to elite level if he chose to nominate for this year’s AFL draft.
‘’If that is what he aims for then clearly I think he could play at that level,’’ Laird said.
Glenn’s honour is a fitting reward for the persistence and commitment he has shown since heading back to his original club of Elizabeth early in 2012.
‘’He has got some talent,’’ said Laird.
‘’And if you are talented, and you are committed entirely with your footy, then you are a chance of playing senior footy. Josh’s commitment levels weren’t where they needed to be last year but to his credit; he went back and turned it around.
‘’He’s had a great year for himself and for us.’’
Introduced in 2007, the Powerade Star Search Award recognises the SANFL’s most outstanding emerging talent with one player nominated each round.
To be eligible, a player must be aged under 21 on January 1, 2013. He must have also played no more than eight league matches at the start of the 2013 season.
Previous winners include midfield stars Steven Summerton and James Boyd while Glenn is the third Central player to win the award in succession after Jarrod Schiller in 2011 and Paul Marschall in 2012.

By ZAC MILBANK (SANFL)| Twitter @zacmilbank

Central District young gun Josh Glenn has won the 2013 Powerade Star Search Award.

Featuring in all 20 league matches this season, the skilful Bulldog averaged 17 disposals en route to being selected as the SANFL’s most outstanding emerging talent.

Nominated for the Powerade Star Search Award after an eye-catching display against Port Adelaide in Round 6, Glenn’s disposal efficiency of 78 per cent was also a highlight of his season.

‘’His composure under pressure for a first year player in this competition has been clearly exceptional,’’ Central coach Roy Laird said.

‘’He (Glenn) doesn’t panic, makes very good decisions and uses the ball extremely well.’’

The 19-year-old – who wins a cheque for $2,000 courtesy of Coca-Cola – spent the majority of the year playing across half-back.

But his versatility has also seen him pushed up the ground where he regularly featured on the highlights tape kicking a fine goal on the run.

‘’He has played predominantly in that (defensive) role but we also saw him end up on the wing,’’ Laird said.

‘’And at times he played as a small forward where he was a bit deceptive, he can take a mark and he knows where the goals are.

‘’The moment he did come in, there was no hesitation in our minds that he would be playing all year because those things were very glaring early in the piece. He was right up to performing at the level.’’

The left-footer has been quick to capture the attention of AFL scouts after being invited to this year’s National AFL Combine in October.

Laird is left in no doubt Glenn would handle the next step to elite level if he chose to nominate for this year’s AFL draft.

‘’If that is what he aims for then clearly I think he could play at that level,’’ Laird said.

Glenn’s honour is a fitting reward for the persistence and commitment he has shown since heading back to his original club of Elizabeth early in 2012.

‘’He has got some talent,’’ said Laird.

‘’And if you are talented, and you are committed entirely with your footy, then you are a chance of playing senior footy. Josh’s commitment levels weren’t where they needed to be last year but to his credit; he went back and turned it around.

‘’He’s had a great year for himself and for us.’’

Introduced in 2007, the Powerade Star Search Award recognises the SANFL’s most outstanding emerging talent with one player nominated each round.

To be eligible, a player must be aged under 21 on January 1, 2013. He must have also played no more than eight league matches at the start of the 2013 season.

Previous winners include midfield stars Steven Summerton and James Boyd while Glenn is the third Central player to win the award in succession after Jarrod Schiller in 2011 and Paul Marschall in 2012.

 
Glenn - in action against Port Magpies back in Round 6. Pictures Callum MacKinnon

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