Player Name: Jonathon Marsh
Current Club: Collingwood
Potential Club: Marsh has asked to return home to Western Australia but has yet to make any contact with either West Coast or Fremantle and neither has shown any interest in the young defender. That being said however both clubs could use a key position defender and at only 20 years of age Marsh could be a viable option.
The Original Price: Marsh was taken at pick 77 in the 2013 National Draft/
The Good: Marsh is a 20-year old 194 centimetre key defender and they don’t grow on trees. Originally recruited as a half forward, his move into defence shows he is adaptable and could possibly be used as a swing man in future. He’s had a taste of senior football and shown himself to be able to lock down an opponent, while he is also pretty good overhead.
The Bad: In his limited appearances at AFL level Marsh has shown he is willing at the contest, however that willingness sees him make questionable decisions at times with and without the ball in hand. His disposal efficiency could also be better, but both of these issues can easily be improved over time as he is just 20 years of age.
What his club wants: As previously mentioned young key position defenders are not easy to find. However, his request to head home for family reasons without sounding out the two WA clubs means there is no indication if he is even wanted by another club. If either club did pick him up the most the Magpies could ask for would be a third round selection, though he would probably go for less given the circumstances surrounding his departure.
What he’s worth: As a 20-year old key position defender with at least a decade of football ahead of him, Marsh could be worth a mid-third round pick on the open market. However, it is a buyers-market, and with no apparent suitors he could end up playing in the WAFL, and Collingwood would receive nothing.
What we’d pay: Mid third-round pick 40-44
Possible trade scenarios:
Collingwood trade Jonathon Marsh to West Coast for pick 52
Collingwood trade Jonathon Marsh to Fremantle for pick 43
The Verdict: Marsh’s request to return home came pretty much out of the blue, and at this stage just wants to go home. As neither West Coast nor Fremantle have yet to show any interest in the 20-year old, he could end up playing in the WAFL next season and Collingwood will get nothing at all for him.
Star Rating: 2/5