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Welcome to Collingwood: Matthew Scharenberg

Get to know Matthew Scharenberg, the man drafted to Collingwood with selection No. 10 in the 2013 National Draft. Get to know Matthew Scharenberg who has been drafted to Collingwood with selection No. 6 in the 2013 National Draft.
Matthew Scharenberg has been drafted to Collingwood with selection No. 6 in the 2013 National Draft.
Selection No. 6 - Matthew Scharenberg

Position: Tall defender
Height: 190cm
Weight: 87kg
Born: 18/9/95
Recruited from: Glenelg (SANFL)

Profile: Once described by Mark Williams as the best schoolboy talent he had seen since Wayne Carey, the South Australian is extremely composed in his disposal and shows great temperament in heavy traffic. Scharenberg is a 190cm key position player who is equally comfortable forward or back. Had an outstanding NAB AFL Under-18 Championships which saw him collect back-to-back All Australian selections in 2012-13. Scharenberg came runner-up in the Larke Medal for the best player in Division One and his ability to read the play and strong hands make him an unstoppable force in the air. Is considered a strong chance to be selected in the top-five in this year's draft.

What they say:
"Scharenberg's club won't have to find a position for him, just choose which position suits him best on any given day. He's proven himself mostly in defence, where he reads the play incredibly well. He's looked better out in space than he does locking down on a player, because he's so good at setting things up. Just keeps getting the ball. Doesn't get ruffled, and calms the players around him," - Emma Quayle, The Age, 17 November.

"Dual all-Australian and intercept king who some clubs rate the second-best player in the draft," - Sam Landsberger and Jay Clark, Herald Sun, 21 November.

"Scharenberg is a dependable, smart utility who can play almost anywhere on the ground. For most of this year, though, the South Australian has been stationed across half-back, where he tends to have the most influence. The 190cm prospect played his best footy of the year through the NAB AFL Under-18 Championships, when he was a joint winner of the most valuable player award for his side. Scharenberg was a former high-level baseballer through his teenage years before moving solely onto his footy. His SANFL season for Glenelg was cut short by a foot injury, which came about through overuse, and he was not able to test at the NAB AFL Draft Combine," - Callum Twomey, AFL.com.au, 20 November.

"An elite player. It was unfortunate that he hurt his foot and didn't play a lot of football late in the year after playing a great Under 18s National Carnival. Just finds the footy really well, read the game brilliantly playing as a key defender in the Under 18s and played in the back pocket in the seniors for us. He is elusive, doesn't get caught often and makes great decisions. His skill is improving and he's a long kick but needs to keep working on his short options and hitting those regularly. A great ability to know when to defend and when to attack and is just clever with what he does. He's a great size for his position and he understands where he's at with his footy in terms of not getting ahead of himself. Keen in the gym and keen on the track - he's going to be a beauty. After what he did at the carnival the feeling was he is a top five selection," - Glenelg Football Manager Ken Applegarth, Inside Football Magazine.