TASMANIA’S Mitch O’Neill has revealed the odd questions AFL clubs ask draft hopefuls, on the eve of tonight’s pick of the top 10 young players around the country. O’Neill is considered the state’s best draft chance, and has a strong footy pedigree with father James, left, and grandfather David both former North Hobart players.
HE is carrying the weight of a state, but North Hobart’s Mitch O’Neill is ready to go.
The 18-year-old is Tasmania’s great draft hope having been grilled by AFL coaches, asked to play with children's toys and given a choice to save people from a runaway train.
The midfielder/wingman is almost certain to have his name called at the AFL draft, and quite possibly the only Tasmanian to do so.
Draft experts have him selected not in tonight’s first round, but most likely in tomorrow night’s selection around the 40 mark.
“I’m pretty nervous,” O’Neill said.
“But I’m also pretty happy about where it sits at the moment so see what happens, it is on my mind 24/7.
“I don’t have exams, so it is all I really think about.
“It can get challenging at times.
“But I’ve got a good network down here so I try not to think about it too much.”
He’s got football in his veins, with both his grandfather, David O’Neill, and dad, James O’Neill, playing a lot of senior football with North Hobart.
O’Neill, a two time under-18 All Australian, might have gone higher in the draft.
But he was restricted this year by knee injuries, which kept him sidelined for large chunks.
It still hasn’t stopped him being interviewed by all 18 clubs.
There are some weird questions fired at prospective draft picks to find out about their personality.
He was presented with five toys by Sydney and asked which ones he would play with and why, while Gold Coast gave him a moral dilemma about a runaway train hurtling towards two platforms, one with five people and one with just a single person, which direction he would steer the locomotive.
Normally the tough questions come from club recruiters — as many as eight in one interview — but that is not always the case.
“Carlton were pretty interesting because usually the recruiters talk to you but it was (senior coach) David Teague asking all the questions,” he said.
“It was pretty cool but also pretty confronting. You’ve just got to answer them honestly.”