It didn’t take long for Charlie Constable to win over Geelong fans.
In seven senior games including a round one debut against the Magpies at the ‘G, Constable’s ball-winning ability and strength in traffic came to the fore.
While ‘Chook’ fell out of the lineup by season’s end, his taste of top-level football can only help to whet his appetite for the season ahead.
In just his second game of AFL football in round two against the Demons, the second-year Cat amassed 31 disposals.
Such a performance against a Melbourne midfield that had lined up in a preliminary final just two games prior, suggests Constable is very much an AFL footballer.
Constable also kicked a goal, had five clearances and laid four tackles.
Constable announced himself to the AFL world in round one with a huge fourth-quarter goal.
With the scores locked at 53 apiece early in the final term, Constable gathered in traffic and unleashed a bending snap from congestion to nail his first AFL major.
My old coach said there are no unlucky players in the game… I’m starting to doubt that a little bit. Circumstances have conspired against him a little, he’s clearly an AFL player.
Chris Scott put into words just how unlucky Constable was at the selection table before the Cats Round 21 clash with the Kangaroos.
The Cats know Constable has top-level talent, and will be keen to find a spot for him in 2020.
There’s no doubting that Constable knows how to find the football. When it comes to average disposals, albeit from a small sample size, the second-year mid ranks highly at the Cats.
Patrick Dangerfield 27.1
Tim Kelly 25.4
Tom Stewart 23.2
Charlie Constable 21.4
Joel Selwood 21.3
Gary Ablett 20.1
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Constable said his pre-season focus would centre on building his aerobic capacity to complete the incredible running load required of an AFL midfielder.
Who better to learn off than the fittest man at the club?
While Mark Blicavs is a genetically gifted athlete when it comes to aerobic running, there would still be plenty to learn about how the former 1500m runner gets himself in peak physical condition.