As Collingwood’s season shows little hope to making the finals,
there have been some certain positives that can come into this season
and they are - blooding the youngsters. Already, Mick Malthouse has
blooded youngsters like: Travis Cloke, Chris Egan, Benjamin Davies,
David Fanning and Adam Iaccabucci. One player who is set for debut
and is having much hype before his actual debut is Sean Rusling.
Every time I have seen this player play, he looks set as a player
who will be pivotal in the Magpies attempt to make the finals again.
For those who do not know much about Rusling, there is much to like
about this boy. He has a very impressive Athletics background, especially
in sprinting where he ran about 10.8 seconds over 100 meters (which
is the second fastest in the AFL, Tenance from Geelong is the fastest
at 10.7) and 50.1 seconds over 400 meters. For a side that is not
known for its pace… Sean will certainly add that spark that
Collingwood has been missing. Imagine having Rusling, Tarrant and
Egan in the same forward line. It would be hard for any team to match
up against that! Rusling is more likely to develop into a forward/flanker
he has already put on some kilograms over the summer from 84kg to
90 kg so he can play a Key Position and so his body can be prepared
for the physical demands of AFL footy. While some may be concerned
that this extra weight would slow down his speed Rusling states that
the extra weight helps him to run faster of the mark. If this is the
case, we could have one of the fastest AFL players in the whole league….and
that is exciting!
In one match in 2004 he kicked 12 goals, that’s an excellent
effort. He has great hands, fast on the lead, kicking is good and
is working on his kicking technique because he wants to become more
accurate (Williamstown is known for bad wind that sometimes causes
inaccuracy), can jump high and really goes for those speccy’s,
good work ethic and is working on improving his second efforts.
He idolized Gary Ablett and Tony Modra when he was younger and a lot
of people who have seen him play call him a ‘freak’ because
of the way he plays that must have been influenced from his previous
He only played one SANFL game to qualify for the draft. Some viewed
the choice of Rusling to Collingwood as a ‘smokey’, however,
this boy has already started pressuring the seniors for a position
due to his determination and consistent football that he has been
playing at Williamstown.
The promise of Rusling looks great. It would be good to see his talents
used in the midfield because he can be a ball winner or play in the
midfield then go forward, a role that is like Hird. His style of play
has been compared to as a ‘mini-tarrant’ and has a marking
style like ‘Clement’. When Buckley was injured with a
hamstring, Rusling was injured as well and Buckley took the time to
mentor and give some tips to Rusling in playing football that has
allowed the opportunity for Sean to develop his game further….
and who better than to give tips on how to play footy than the legend
When Sean Rusling is given the opportunity to wear that Black and
White jumper… every supporter will feel pride into supporting
this football club and be excited for the player he will become….
A mix of Clement, Tarrant, Modra and Ablett….that would wet