McCartin a bolter for early selection

SYDNEY could unleash 2017 draftee Tom McCartin within the opening month of the season, with teammate Jake Lloyd claiming the young key forward has “got the lot” to make it in the AFL.

McCartin, the brother of Saint Paddy McCartin, was the Swans’ second selection at last year’s national AFL draft after an impressive stint with the Geelong Falcons in the TAC Cup.

While McCartin struggled to hit the scoreboard in 2017 — he kicked just nine goals from 17 games covered by Champion Data — his delivery inside 50 was outstanding, while his elite endurance was highlighted by a top 10 finish in the Yo-Yo test at the draft combine.

The 18-year-old caught the eye during the Swans’ AFLX campaign, with Brisbane great Jonathan Brown saying McCartin had “a great workrate about him for a key forward”.

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