Will Gregson will play a key defensive role for the New Zealand team in its upcoming clash against the Australian AFL Academy at Westpac Stadium this ANZAC.
The powerfully built Gregson started his AFL career with the Waitakere Magpies club and travelled through the AFL New Zealand High Performance system initially debuting at international level for the New Zealand Under 18 team.
The Central Giants selected Will as their number 1 AFL New Zealand draft selection in the inaugural 2016 AFL New Zealand Premiership. Playing at centre half back for the majority of the season, Gregson shined for the Giants as he contested every ball that came his way and made it very difficult on his opponents. When called upon, Will moved up the field into the forward line and his strong marking ability and big boot meant that he was a fantastic option for his side when they were behind on the scoreboard.
A strongly built back man with a great leap and electric pace, he is likely to fill in a key role in the backline and in negating prominent opposition goal scorers. He provides great depth to on field leadership and great versatility around the ground. He will be able to cover many positions and is strong bodied with a great kick.
In 2017 the New Zealand and Central Giants player relocated to Melbourne and has represented the senior New Zealand team over the past five years.
The 24 year old stands at 187cm and has strong aerobic ability as well as good pace off the mark. Recent combine testing has provided strong results with a 3km time trial of 10 min 45 sec, 20 metre sprint at 2.91 seconds and a vertical leap of 88cm. His elite athletic ability has been a solid grounding for his relocation to Melbourne in an environment that has included a massive acceleration in his AFL education.
Gregson completed a full preseason with VFL club Sandringham Zebras in 2017 and his since joined New Zealand Captain Andrew Howison at Dromana in the highly regarded Mornington Peninsula League.