Sport Mills wants Blakey Jr to join Swans AFL

15:55  12 april  2018
15:55  12 april  2018 Source:   msn.com

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Mills wants Blakey Jr to join Swans AFL . Sydney AFL star Callum Mills rates Nick Blakey a super talent and would love to see him choose the Swans ahead of North Melbourne and Brisbane.

Nick Blakey wants to join Sydney, where his father has been a long-time assistant coach. But he is also eligible to join the Swans as an Academy player, a choice AFL .com.au has confirmed he made last week when he informed clubs of his decision to go with the red and white.

Sydney young gun Callum Mills would love to see sought-after teenager Nick Blakey join the Swans.

The 18-year-old can join either North Melbourne or Brisbane as a father-son pick following his dad John's time at the Kangaroos and Fitzroy and is a member of the Sydney academy.,

Mills, the 2016 Rising Star who has been one of the star graduates of Sydney's academy, rates Blakey highly.

"He's a super talent so wherever he picks really, he's going to be a massive asset to that team," Mills said on Thursday.

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James Bell 183cm 75kg Junior Club: Illawarra Thunder - Could've joined the Western Sydney Wanderers academy, but luckily chose AFL . Nick Blakey 194cm 75kg Junior Club: UNSW - Last but definitely not least, Nick is the brightest prospect of the lot. Son of current Swans Assistant Coach

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Sydney AFL star Callum Mills rates Nick Blakey a super talent and would love to see him choose the Swans ahead of North Melbourne and Brisbane.© Ryan Pierse/Getty Images Sydney AFL star Callum Mills rates Nick Blakey a super talent and would love to see him choose the Swans ahead of North Melbourne and Brisbane. "He's a promising young player and has got a really bright future."

Mills believes Blakey, whose father works as an assistant coach at Sydney, has the attributes to make a successful transition to AFL level.

"He's a very tall kid, but he moves like he's a small midfielder," Mills said.

"He can mark the ball, he can kick a ball really well, so he's got all the basic principles you have to have for a young guy."

Mills will make his 50th senior appearance on Saturday against the Western Bulldogs in Melbourne.

"It's not really a milestone when you see guys like Macca (Swans teammate Jarrad McVeigh) play 300-plus games," Mills said.

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Nick Blakey with the Harrison Medal during the 2017 NAB AFL Under-18 Championships. Blakey is eligible to join the Kangaroos or Brisbane under the League 's father-son rules after It's been a big few days for Mills , who won the Brett Kirk Medal after starring in the Swans ' derby win over Greater

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He played in a grand final in his first season and has appeared in 49 out of a possible 53 games since making his debut in the opening round of the 2016 season.

Mills, 21, who came to the club as a midfielder, has successfully occupied a half back role, while still getting some midfield minutes.

He won the Brett Kirk Medal for best on ground in last Saturday's Sydney derby.

Sydney will be looking for a third win in four rounds when they tackle a Bulldogs side which won last week after being mauled in their first two matches.

"They really hunt the footy, they get a lot of numbers around the ball and try to use their hands to outnumber around the contests, so that's one thing we'll be making sure our focus is sharp on this week,' Mills said.

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