Taylor Goad

height: 206cm

weight: 97kg

D.O.B: 24-04-2005

Leagues: AFL U18 Championships

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SNAPSHOT: “Taylor Goad is a developing ruckman with terrific speed and a steep rate of improvement.”

Considering he only really committed to football in December of last year, Taylor Goad has come a long way en route to being a likely draftee. The 206cm former basketballer showed enough promise in the early stages of this season to earn a state call-up and has never looked back.

That was the moment Goad says he began to find his feet in football, going on to play a full national carnival and helping South Adelaide take out the SANFL Under 18s premiership. He also blitzed the combine testing, registering repeat sub-three second 20m sprints – remarkable given his height.



+ Follow-up work
+ Mobility
+ Rate of development
+ Size
+ Speed
+ Upside


- Endurance
- Footy IQ
- Ruck craft

While the room for improvement is vast, there is plenty to like about Goad's game. The trait which helped garner initial interest was his speed, registering a preseason 20m sprint time of 2.92 seconds. He very nearly matched it at the recent National Combine, clocking in at 2.965 seconds.

Needless to say, such results are remarkable for a 206cm player and point towards rare mobility for a player Goad's size. He beats most other rucks aerially, but can also get the better of them coming away from the contest. Once he lifts his endurance and positional smarts, he'll really be able to hurt the opposition around the ground.

Another area of great promise is Goad's follow-up work. He's a competitive tall who gets stuck in at the contest, averaging 7.8 contested possessions and 3.2 clearances among his 10.4 disposals at SANFL Under 18s level. With clean hands and enough mongrel to offer presence, he's already a step ahead of many other developing talls.

Goad's late-season form was a sign of his continued improvement. It took until Round 6 for him to hit double-digits for disposals, before earning state selection and repeating the feat in five of his next seven games for South Adelaide. His marking, clearance, and inside 50 numbers also lifted in that time.

His development extends off-field, too. Goad has put on nearly 10kg since preseason as he continues to fill out his frame, which will likely be ready for elite level exposure before his footy IQ is. In particular, he's looking to improve on his ruck craft and impact away from stoppages.

The only real athletic trait Goad will have to work on is his endurance. Getting from contest to contest will boost his overall production, and he has the dexterity to impact as a marking presence. All that will come in time and with more exposure at high levels of football.



Goad is one of the most highly developable key position prospects available this year, and will likely push for second round selection on pure upside. Not many 206cm athletes can cover the ground like he does and while he has a ways to go with regards to filling out his footballing profile, will be a difficult talent for clubs to pass up should they seek long-term ruck depth.

Follow-up work
Rate of development
Footy IQ
Ruck craft

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