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Welcome to Collingwood: Jonathon Marsh

Watch 2013 draftee Jonathon Marsh in action. Marsh became a Magpie with selection No. 77. Watch new Collingwood recruit Jonathon Marsh in action at junior level in 2013.
Jonathon Marsh was drafted to Collingwood with selection No. 77 in the 2013 National Draft.
Selection No. 77 - Jonathon Marsh

Position: Tall forward
Height: 192cm
Weight: 87kg
Born: 17/10/95
Recruited from: East Fremantle

Profile: Marsh threw himself into contention after a great NAB AFL Under-18 Championships with Western Australia. His performance against the Northern Territory, where he gathered 22 possessions and kicked four goals, raised eyebrows from talent scouts around the country. The younger brother of Sydney Swan Harry Marsh, who was taken with pick No.46 in the 2012 NAB AFL Draft, Marsh offers plenty of upside for clubs looking for a forward. At the Draft Combine, Marsh won the 20m sprint with a time of 2.78s and finished third in the repeat sprints in a time of 24.18s.

Derek Hine Says: "He is a 194-cm forward from Margaret River who played for East Fremantle for one year. He has a lot of work to do but he has extraordinary speed, has really good size and really good power in his game."

What they say:
"Jonathon ran the second fasted 20-metre sprint at the combine history so he's got speed as well as power, explosiveness and agility. Outside of that he's played primarily key position for us up forward at Colts level and there was some debate as to whether we should have played him in the seniors late in the year. He's pretty raw in terms of his game sense so that's a developing area for him but ideally I think he could play as a wingman/high half forward where he could use his chasing and tackling, which is outstanding. His kicking still needs work so that's an area of development...just a classic x-factor sort of player with enormous are talent and the potential to be phenomenal, it's just a matter of harnessing that talent and energy. That'll be the challenge for the club that picks him up. If you had asked me early in the year I would have said he'd be a top 10 pick..." - East Fremantle Football Manager Darren Fry, Inside Football Magazine

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The West Australian is one of this year's most compelling draft prospects...Marsh had played most of his junior footy through the wing and midfield before this season, when he took on a key-position role up forward. His best game of the championships came against Vic Metro at Patersons Stadium, when he almost singlehandedly turned the game Western Australia's way with three goals and a blistering final term. He is not quite a modern-day key-position height (192cm), but is probably too big to play as a full-time midfielder," - Callum Twomey, AFL.com.au, 4 November.

"Freakishly athletic forward. Right in the top 10 mix," - Sam Landsberger, Herald Sun, 3 July.

What he says:
"I see myself as a tall midfielder, even though they’re saying I’m a half forward. I’m just pretty explosive with my speed and yeah, I like to think I’m pretty exciting, but everyone’s got their opinions," - Jonathon Marsh, collingwoodfc.com.au, 22 November.



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