Leagues: Vflw, Coates Talent League Girls, AFLW U18 Championships, AFLW U17 Championships
Charlotte Simpson is one of the toughest inside midfielders, and one who thrives on the inside of the contest. Cracking in with little regard for her own safety, Simpson is someone who has developed from being a pure inside midfielder, to a prospect who can be leading forward. With areas such as her kicking consistency and athleticism as ways she can improve, Simpson is a readymade, strong midfielder.
A tried and true inside midfielder who expanded her horizons to include lead-up forward as a secondary position, Simpson has upped the anti when it comes to her AFLW Draft chances. Not overly athletic compared to other midfielders, Simpson works to her strengths, and few could match heron the inside with her contested work, power and clean hands. Her ability to get her hands free and shovel out the handball to teammates is important, but she also has a powerful kick that she can use out of a stoppage or when within range of goal.
In the 2022 NAB League Girls season, Simpson booted five goals which was impressive seeing as she started playing full-time midfield, then rotated with Liz Dowling as a player who could compete in the air, and was a reliable set shot. Standing at 168cm, she is a touched undersized to be a key forward, but could be a third tall who provides extra support in midfield. Ideally though, Simpson is a readymade inside midfielder from a traits perspective, but needs to build on her endurance further - which will happen from a big preseason - in order to impact for even longer.
When on the inside, Simpson can unassumingly have a big impact in ways that are not always reflected on the stats sheet. She provides blocks and shepherds to go with her tackles, and was one of the few consistent clearance players for Vic Country at the AFLW Under 18 Championships. Simpson might have iron out aspects of her game on the outside, but on the inside, she is among the more powerful inside ball-winners.
A team looking for a midfielder who can also play inside 50 might consider Simpson, and with a year of preseason at an elite club, she could become even more well-rounded.
Charlotte Simpson recorded the second most clearances of any Vic Country player at the 2922 AFLW Under 18 Championships with eight.
|2022||Geelong Cats VFLW||27||18||45||7||0||0||14||0||7||9||2||0||4||6.8||4.5||11.3||1.8||0.0||3.5||0.0||45|
Coates Talent League Girls
AFLW U18 Championships
|2022||Vic Country Girls||15||17||32||4||0||0||8||0||8||3||1||0||2||7.5||8.5||16.0||2.0||0.0||4.0||0.0||61|
AFLW U17 Championships
|2021||Vic Country U17s||18||11||29||2||0||0||4||0||6||3||0||0||2||9.0||5.5||14.5||1.0||0.0||2.0||0.0||53|