Leagues: WAFL Colts
Image Credit: Dylan Burns/AFL Photos
POSITION: Key Position Forward
SNAPSHOT: “One of the most deadeye key forwards coming through the junior ranks, Amiss only played three games across the year where he didn’t kick multiple goals."
Busselton and East Perth product Jye Amiss couldn’t have done much more across the course of the season to put himself into first round, and possibly top 10 calculations. The fast rising forward kicked 51 goals and 15 behinds in the WAFL Colts, only being held to less than two goals on two occasions. Amiss is a difficult match-up for defenders and given his ability to get separation on the lead with ease, it takes a tight opponent to keep him from getting off the leash. Even with few opportunities, Amiss can take toll.
+ Leading Patterns
+ Marking on the Lead
+ Rate of Development
- Contested Marking
- Around the Ground Impact
Bursting onto the scene in 2021, Amiss has done all he could over the year to put himself in the minds of recruiters as a potential spearhead in attack. Having struggled with injury in previous years, Amiss hadn’t played a lot of representative football, but took the most of his opportunities in his state's Under 19 squad in 2021. He impressed across the practice games in WA and against South Australia, with his marking and goalkicking two of his standout traits that he shows consistently.
With his injury history, as well as the travel he’s required to do to get to games every week, there’s a degree of untapped potential with Amiss that could see him rapidly improve in a full-time AFL environment. With more individual focus, the few quirks in his game would be afforded more attention under the eye of development staff that they haven’t quite gotten due to his limited ability to train at WAFL level. His rate of improvement under such conditions has been terrific, and could extend even further at the elite level.
Contested marking could be an area of improvement Amiss may focus on going forward. While able to mark well on the lead, Amiss can at times struggle to come out of a body-on-body contest with the mark, relying more on his ability to get separation or reach rather than raw strength. This could also be a result of his relatively skinny frame, as it has improved as the year's gone on. Amiss has also at times been more of a ‘stay at home’ forward and not impacted a lot outside of forward 50, which has improved over the course of the season and will continue to at the next level. With more ventures up the ground, he will be much more difficult to pin down in attack.
Amiss does most of his damage with his leading inside 50. With solid leading patterns, work rate, and ability to get separation, he’s difficult for defenders to keep up with and effectively shut down. When he’s given a clear run at the ball there’s not much that can stop him executing the mark, usually drawing in a free kick when defenders try to stop it. The ironically named Amiss also boasts a solid set shot routine and consistency in hitting the scoreboard, only failing to register more than two majors in just two WAFL Colts games this season. That consistency and conversion rate are two of his biggest strengths as a key forward.
DRAFT PROJECTION: 8-20
As far as pure key forwards go, arguably none have been as consistent and reliable than Amiss in 2021. His goalkicking is sound and he has shown a really positive rate of improvement this year to put himself well amongst the first round conversation. A late-season knee injury may come into consideration for some clubs as his first preseason could be impacted, but Amiss has proven his ability as a leading forward whenever available. He has already been heavily linked to local West Australian clubs, who currently boast three picks in the above range, after likely bidding.