Stay­ing power

Cockburn Gazette - - SPORT | WORKPLACE | COMMUNITY CLASSIFIED­S -

WA ruck prodigy Luke Jack­son is firm­ing as a top 10 se­lec­tion in next month’s na­tional draft af­ter im­press­ing re­cruiters with his stamina at the na­tional com­bine in Mel­bourne this week.

The 199cm East Fre­man­tle prod­uct and for­mer Aus­tralian bas­ket­ball rep­re­sen­ta­tive posted im­pres­sive re­sults in the en­durance events.

He smashed his 2km time trial per­sonal best by 19 sec­onds at the Holden Cen­tre last week, cross­ing the line in 6min 21sec.

It fol­lowed up his ef­forts in Thurs­day’s yoyo test, in which he was eas­ily the pick of the big men.

The raw ex­cit­ing tal­ent, who has been likened to Colling­wood big man Brodie Grundy be­cause of his fol­low-up work, said he wanted to show re­cruiters his ver­sa­til­ity.

“I try to base my game on get­ting around the ground, so I was re­ally happy to do so well in the yoyo and the 2km time trial,” Jack­son said.

“I feel like it helps a lot and it shows that I’m open to play­ing any po­si­tion as well, even go­ing through the mid­field in the fu­ture. I’d love that.”

Jack­son has gone from strength to strength since choos­ing foot­ball over bas­ket­ball last year.

He av­er­aged 37 hit-outs, 13 dis­pos­als and four clear­ances at the na­tional un­der18 car­ni­val to fin­ish run­ner-up in the Larke Medal to WA cap­tain Deven Robert­son and earn Al­lAus­tralian se­lec­tion.

Fre­man­tle has put plenty of time into Jack­son, who has trained at the club’s Cock­burn head­quar­ters for two weeks across the year.

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