Leagues: Coates Talent League Boys
Perhaps a father-son candidate flying under the radar, Cooper Harvey is certainly well known to North Melbourne fans. The son of AFL games record holder Brent, he boasts similar instincts around goal but is slightly taller as a midfielder/forward.
The junior Harvey played alongside his father, and uncle Shane at local level with North Heidelberg, before making his NAB League debut this year and helping Assumption College take out the AGSV school football title. Overcoming repeat arm injuries, he turned out eight times for a Knights side which snuck into finals via Wildcard Round, and cracked a stacked Vic Metro squad for the National Championships decider.
Harvey is a tough customer on the inside, possessing a clean set of hands and the strong frame to hold his own at the coalface. He also works hard around the ground and is a neat enough kick in the short range, but can overall improve in that department and in the way of consistency. He compounds his work with the ability to snare goals up forward, as showcased by his big mark and goal to seal Vic Metro's championship victory.
With ties to North Melbourne, he is likely to attract attention in the middle to late stages of the draft via bidding, with blue and white the colours he will almost inevitably don.
Coates Talent League Boys