Werribee Tigers VFL officials are hopeful Colac district export Jack Berry could follow in the footsteps of former Tiger and AFL draftee Darcy Fort.
AFL club Geelong selected matured-aged ruckman Fort with pick number 65 in this year’s AFL draft, following six years developing in the state football system with VFL clubs Werribee and Footscray, and SANFL club Central District alongside former Colac footballers Frazer O’Gorman and Brody Mahoney.
Werribee football operations manager Stuart Balloch said young ruckman Berry, 23, had taken big strides during a breakout year with the Tigers this year, and could garner AFL interest if he continued to improve.
“No matter who you talk to, rucks take a longer time to mature,” Mr Balloch said.
“We’ve seen recently with former Geelong Falcon Darcy Fort getting picked up as a mature-aged ruckman via a state-league program in the SANFL,”
“If Bez keeps improving and developing, and focusing on the areas he needs to get better, and improving his strength and conditioning, he’s going to get some real interest.”
Berry, a former Geelong Falcon and Geelong Football League premiership player with Leopold, joined Werribee this year following a season with Geelong’s VFL side, where he managed just three games.
Berry played 17 of a possible 18 VFL games for Werribee this season, taking on the bulk of the Tigers’ ruckwork after fellow tall Nick Nott ruptured his ACL.
The former Irrewarra-Beeac junior averaged 29 hit-outs a game, to go with 6.7 disposals, 1.3 marks and 3.1 tackles.
Mr Balloch said Berry, who has signed for a second season with Werribee, had relished extra opportunities this season.
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