South AdelaideSouth AdelaideSmall Forward


Jack Delean

height: 181cm

weight: 77kg

D.O.B: 15-04-2005

Leagues: AFL U18 Championships

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SNAPSHOT: “A genuine goalkicker who has a habit of creating scoring chances out of nothing.”

Jack Delean announced himself as a player to watch in 2021, backing up a dominant Under 16s campaign with 35 goals in 13 games for South Adelaide in his debut Under 18 season.

Two years on, Delean has ticked a lot of boxes. He played in the 2022 Under 17 Futures game on Grand Final day, represented South Australia at the Under 18 National Championships, and scored a SANFL League debut for South Adelaide.

A fiery competitor who’s not afraid to mix it up with the opposition, Delean looked comfortable at every level and played his role well when exposed to senior football.

Regardless of the team or the stage, Delean just kicked goals, finishing with 53 from 20 games across all levels.

Despite playing only 13 games at SANFL U18 level this year, the small forward was the competition’s leading goalkicker, averaging a fraction under three goals a game.

Delean also enjoyed some team success with his Panthers winning the SANFL Under 18 Grand Final with a two-point victory over a talented Sturt outfit.

The spring-heeled small forward managed plenty of highlights throughout his junior career, leaving little doubt about his on-field talents.



+ Aerial ability
+ Clean hands
+ Forward craft
+ Goal sense
+ X-factor


- Accumulation
- Endurance
- Speed

Delean presents a challenging match up because he has such a variety of ways that he can beat his opponent. He possesses a great understanding of where the space is inside 50 and times his leads well to create separation from his defender. He's not afraid to leap at the football and his sticky hands allow him to complete marks, even when under strong defensive pressure.

The formidable combination of clean hands and strong aerial ability have led to a number of highlights across his junior career and have helped Delean become one of the better contested marks for his size.

A capable set shot goal kicker, Delean generally makes the most of his opportunities when they present themselves. He doesn't need to see much of the ball to have an impact on the game and has a habit of making something happen when the ball is in his vicinity.

Despite his aerial exploits, Delean is equally capable when the ball hits the deck. He's clean below his knees, gets the ball to his foot quickly and just knows exactly where the goals are at all times.

A genuine goalscoring threat anywhere inside 50, Delean seemingly converts a goal with a high degree of difficulty almost every game. He saved some of his best for the Under 18 National Championships, including a cracker against Vic Country at IKON Park.

Delean could elevate himself in the eyes of recruiters if he can demonstrate an improved speed and endurance base. Typically a low-possession player, Delean would benefit from developing his versatility and the capacity to push further up the ground to involve himself in the contest when he's getting limited looks inside forward 50.



Nick Watson deservedly owns the title as the best small forward in this year’s draft class, but Delean has built a case to be one of the next best in that position, a case that should be strong enough for him to hear his name called on draft night.

At this stage, it seems more likely he finds a home in the second half of the draft. He’s electric and a potential game-winner, but has clear areas for improvement pertinent to his primary and nearly exclusive role.

Aerial ability
Clean hands
Forward craft
Goal sense

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