Port Adelaide’s teenage defender Lachie Jones will make his AFL debut on his nineteenth birthday in Friday evening’s blockbuster in opposition to reigning premiers Richmond.
However it wasn’t his speedy rise after being chosen within the 2020 draft that had the footy world speaking on Thursday.
From the hair to the moustache and on to his stable construct, Jones – born on April 9, 2002 – has instantly earned cult-figure standing.
Port coach Ken Hinkley undersold it when he stated Jones, a half-back who grew up supporting the Energy, as “aggressive and able to play”
“He a kind of mature younger individuals that’s good to exit and play males’s footy,” Hinkley informed reporters on Thursday.
“He’s an enormous boy … he’s explosive. He has obtained a number of issues that you just’d recommend would make him profitable at AFL soccer, now he will get his first take a look at.
“What a recreation to debut, in opposition to the reigning premiers.”
Lachie Jones, 18 on the time of this photograph, poses in his first Port Adelaide jumper. Credit score: Getty
Jones’s large second will arrive however on Thursday footy followers couldn’t get sufficient of his draft-day photographs.
“Is he debuting or retiring? Seems like he’s performed via 2 AFL careers already!” one fan wrote on Fb.
One other stated: “Hate port with a raging ardour however will admit he has one of many biggest mullets.”
Others even added a backstory: “Travelling down from Coober (Pedy) to play, Port are signing up miners now, appears about 38.”
One other fictitious story ran: “He’s deadset 45, single dad. 2 children, a boy and a woman, 12 and 16 respectfully. Mortgage and baby help. Likes to sink 10-15 schooners on the pub on a Friday evening and go to sleep in his recliner chair while watching the footy as quickly as he will get house.”
Again in actuality, Jones has performed above his age on his technique to the highest stage to properly and actually earn his spot on Port’s checklist.
The academy product performed under-18s and SANFL reserves soccer in 2019, progressing to Woodville-West Torrens’ SANFL senior aspect for 2020.
He performed each recreation and by the top of the 12 months he was a premiership backman, successful mark of the 12 months alongside the way in which.
Jones has come into the aspect on the expense of forward-ruck Peter Ladham, who could but play if Todd Marshall can’t show his health following an ankle damage at coaching.
“We anticipate (Marshall) will likely be okay – if he doesn’t come up, Ladhams will are available,” Hinkley stated.
“If Ladhams is in actually good type, he’s part of the group. However he has been a bit of bit off.
“Should you’re not in type … you’re most likely going to pay a value.”
Port’s encounter with Richmond is a rematch of final season’s preliminary last, when the Tigers pipped the Energy by six factors en path to a 3rd premiership in 4 seasons.
Hinkley dismissed any theme of belated revenge, noting each golf equipment have been badly crushed final weekend.
“Everybody want to say it’s going to be an enormous second due to the prelim last,” he stated.
“It is going to be an enormous second as a result of each groups had a loss final week and each groups are attempting to create their season this 12 months – and that’s nothing about final 12 months.
“It was fairly difficult situations on prelim last evening – it was a 46 (factors) to 40 recreation, it was depressing climate.
“Tomorrow evening goes to be a exact opposite and that can make it a greater soccer spectacle.”
– with AAP