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Player Review: No. 40 Paul Seedsman

Watch Paul Seedsman ice Collingwood's 26-point win over St Kilda in round six with a long goal from outside 50. Watch Paul Seedsman ice Collingwood's 26-point win against St Kilda in round six with a long goal from outside 50.
Paul Seedsman looks to kick Collingwood into attack during the first quarter of its 20-point win over West Coast in the second round of the NAB Cup at Patersons Stadium

During the off-season, will publish a review on each player (in numerical order) that will analyse their 2013 season with highlights, statistics and a look to what is to come in 2014.

40. Paul Seedsman
VFL: 4
NAB Cup: 4

VFL: 1
NAB Cup: 1

Key AFL Statistics (averages in brackets):
322 (18.9) Marks: 100 (5.9) Tackles: 35 (2.1) Rebound 50s: 39 (2.3) Marks from Opposition Kicks: 22 (1.3) Spoils: 20 (1.1) Bounces: 25 (1.1) Contested Marks: 9 (0.5) Smothers: 2 (0.1)

Key VFL Statistics (averages in brackets):
94 (23.5) Marks: 24 (6.0) Tackles: 8 (2.0) Rebound 50s: 10 (2.5) Marks from Opposition Kicks: 6 (1.5) Spoils: 1 (0.2) Bounces: 16 (4.0) Contested Marks: 3 (0.8) Smothers: 0 (0.0)

After getting a taste of senior football in 2012, Paul Seedsman entrenched himself as a key component of Collingwood’s new-look defence this season. He made an early statement with a fine pre-season campaign, highlighted by his 18 possessions and eight inside 50s against the Eagles in Perth. He missed the first game of the year through injury and was used as a substitute against Carlton in round two but failed to make an impacted and subsequently returned to the VFL. A 28-possession and seven-inside 50 performance under lights against Werribee served notice that he was ready to progress to the next level. The match committee obviously had a similar view and recalled him for the clash with Richmond the following week. From there on, Seedsman didn’t miss a beat, turning defence into attack on the wing and pushing forward to make an impact on the scoreboard when the chance arose. In a side that was without Ben Johnson and Clinton Young for most of the season, Seedsman was a critical source of defensive rebound and evasion through the midfield. He ranked sixth at Collingwood for metres gained across the duration of the season and still managed to have a total of 20 scoring shots in 17 games. His best performances came interstate, registering 28 possessions and nine inside 50s against Brisbane in round 10 and a team-high 34 possessions and seven rebounds in the loss to Port Adelaide in round 14. A calf injury against the Suns in round 17 saw him return via the VFL from which he mounted his case for a senior recall just in time for the finals. Although he won just the 15 possessions in the Elimination Final against the Power, it should not take any gloss off what was a very promising third year on the list.

Consider this: Seedsman carried the ball 7162 metres across the course of his 17 games, ranking him sixth at the club.

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Memorable Moment: Seedsman’s second goal of the year was a beauty. It was his second of the night against St Kilda in round six, winning a hard ball, going for the old one-two with Josh Thomas before loading up from outside 50 to ice Collingwood’s 26-point win.

What happens next? Now that Ben Johnson has retired, there is definitely room for a player that can break the lines, evade tackles and push forward to kick a long goal. Paul Seedsman has all the talent to make this position his own and take his game to the next level in 2014.