Injury no deterrent for Cats recruiters

Colac’s Cooper Stephens. PHOTO: Geelong Cats.

Geelong Cats recruiters have revealed they have been monitoring Colac’s Cooper Stephens since he was 15 years old before selecting him in this year’s AFL draft.

Stephens’s AFL aspirations copped a major blow when he broke a leg in the third round of the 2019 NAB League while playing with the Geelong Falcons.

But Cats talent ID manager Troy Selwood said Stephens, now 18, had shown enough in recent years with the Falcons’ V-Line Cup and NAB League teams, as well as various state representative campaigns, to warrant pick 16 in the national draft last month.

“Footy-wise he does have something special and he’s shown it for a number of years,” Selwood said.

“He’s had a really tricky year, breaking his ankle in round three in the NAB League,” he said.

“So we didn’t get to see a whole lot of him this year but by tracking him since he was 15 years old, we think he’s a terrific player.”

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