Leagues: Under 18s Championships, WAFL League, WAFL Colts
A mobile ruck with incredible skills for his size, Peel Thunder product Jackson Broadbent shapes as a highly developable draft prospect. The 201cm bigman projected as a potential high pick early in the year, having broken through for a WAFL League debut in 2021 and earned AFL Academy selection. He was a lock for state selection, but lost his place during the National Championships and was made to go back and improve at WAFL Colts level.
It was in Peel colours where Broadbent began to flourish, making steady progression. He capped off a 15-game campaign with best afield honours in the Thunder's winning grand final, notching 17 disposals and 23 hitouts to end his year on a high. Though overlooked for a National Combine invite, he attended Western Australia's state testing event. With sound disposal by foot around the ground and the ability to get involved away from the ruck contest, he has clear upside.
On the flip side, Broadbent can work on enhancing his ruck craft and becoming a stronger contested marker. He made the handy step of booting nine goals this year to somewhat show his versatility, and has little trouble at least getting his hand on the ball in the ruck - averaging over 25 hitouts per game. There are pieces there, but not quite the final product.
Under 18s Championships