Will Green

height: 204cm

weight: 93kg

D.O.B: 08-09-2005

Leagues: AFL U18 Championships, Coates Talent League Boys

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SNAPSHOT: “A dual-sport athlete with strong fundamental skills and ruck craft, Will Green has developed nicely since committing to football.”

Northern Knights tall Will Green has delivered on his bottom-age potential, and still has plenty more to offer after a decorated top-age campaign. The 204cm ruckman previously juggled cricket commitments with football, but prioritised the latter heading into 2023 and has not looked back since.

His upside was recognised across 14 Coates Talent League appearances last year, which was enough to earn a late call-up to the Under 17 Futures showcase on AFL Grand Final day. Green was also selected in the National Academy and thus turned out twice in Australian colours against VFL opposition this year.

Named co-captain of the Knights for 2023, he was selected as the starting ruck in the Team of the Year having also been named in the All-Australian side – despite only playing three of a possible four games. A couple of breakout performances highlighted Green’s potential, though he remains far from the finished product.



+ Clean hands
+ Endurance
+ Fundamentals
+ Mobility
+ Ruck craft
+ Upside


- Consistency
- Production

A ruck capable of dominating the domain on his day, Green has seldom had an issue racking up hitouts. This year, his averages of 22.8 hitouts and 6.5 to advantage at Coates Talent League level were boosted to 24.3 and 8.0 in the National Championships, highlighting his ability against the best possible opposition. Ruck craft is clearly Green's top trait and he's a clever hitter, often improvising while utilising his size and reach.

He may not be a particularly high-production player elsewhere just yet, but is certainly taking great strides in that department. Green's best game this year came in Round 9 with the Knights, where he posted 22 disposals, five marks, 18 hitouts and two goals. His ability to take grabs around the ground, follow up on his ruck work, and even impact up forward were ultra impressive.

Though, that effort was more so an indicator of his ceiling rather than the norm. Of Green's 13 Talent League games, nearly half yielded single-digit disposals and he only hit the scoreboard in two of them. Going forward, boosting his consistency of production and maintaining a steadier output from week to week will be key to proving just how effective Green can be as the primary ruck.

It's certainly an attainable goal. The 204cm big man is mobile and has a great running base. His 2km time at the National Draft Combine (6:34) is up there with some midfielders in the same crop, and allows him to move from contest to contest. If he can get his hands on the ball, Green's fundamental skills and overall mechanics are quite sound too, meaning he can join in on the play with high efficiency and little fuss.

With enough nourishment in an AFL environment, Green can become a tall who does many things which are elite for a player his size. He kicks well, moves well, has clean hands, runs down smaller players, and is an extremely dextrous with his touch. With those attributes combined, there is more than enough substance to see him given a chance, and the best is yet to come.



With a few ruck options knocking about within a similar range, Green will likely be a selection made on upside somewhere in the second round. His base is sound, boasting strong ruck craft and fundamental skills, but more importantly he has plenty more room for development once he enters the elite level. He may not feature very early in his AFL career but could really be anything if he continues his upward trajectory.

Clean hands
Ruck craft

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