Marcus Bon­tem­pelli

(BULL­DOGS)

Inside Sport - - FOOTY FINALS -

There’s some­thing about The Bont: the way he stamps him­self on a game; stands taller when things get tight; takes ac­count­abil­ity. In a team that plays a glam­orous brand, he in­volves him­self to the hilt. In a team that pen­e­trates lines bet­ter than most, he’s a big rea­son why.

What can we ex­pect from him?

He’ll stand up. Ex­pect high in­volve­ment and suave clear­ance to an in­creas­ingly ef­fec­tive for­ward line. The tall mid­fielder will take a game by the scruff of the neck in many ways. A great over­head mark, he also has sub­lime ground skills and high in­tel­li­gence. Around the con­test, he’s a clean pos­ses­sion win­ner and re­source­ful dis­poser. Out­side, he’s a breath­tak­ingly el­e­gant left-footer. His rak­ing boot will pen­e­trate deep. When the crunch is on, he’ll pluck a few out of the air in the for­ward 50 and goal.

His string-bean body still has ma­tur­ing to do, but he doesn’t mind bust­ing through if there’s a goal at the other end. In the rough, he’s smooth.

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