MAFFRA footballer Sam Berry has joined the Adelaide Crows, after being selected by the club at pick 28 in Wednesday night’s AFL draft.
The 181 centimetre forward, who has played for Gippsland Power and Melbourne Grammar as well as the Eagles, was described on the AFL website as “a contested ball-winning beast … strong overhead, clean at ground level and can hit the scoreboard”.
Berry played 10 games for the Power in the NAB League last year, averaging 17.7 disposals, 9.8 contested possessions and 6.5 tackles per game. Berry has strong endurance, recording a 21.7 yo-yo test in pre-season testing and finishing fifth nationally in the two kilometre time trial at the Victorian country draft combine.
Crows national recruiting manager Hamish Ogilvie said he could see Berry working well with fellow draftee Luke Pedler in the midfield.
“[Berry] was just a super well-performed, tough 17-year-old leader at Gippsland in a really good team last year,” he told the Crows’ website.
“He’s done a lot of work forward but he would’ve been a dominant midfielder I’m sure this year if he had played in the NAB League.”
Berry was the third Gippsland Power player selected by an AFL club on Wednesday night. South Gippsland footballers Zach Reid (pick 10) and Ryan Angwin (18) were selected by Essendon and Greater Western Sydney respectively.