Jones to enter National Draft after rapid rise

AFL New Zealand Academy talent Couper Jones will join the ever growing list of young stars in the AFL New Zealand National Draft.


After getting a taste of the AFL New Zealand Premiership as a development player earlier in the year, the highly skilled forward from Long Bay on Auckland’s North Shore now classifies as a senior player and will be allocated a spot in this year’s National Draft ahead of the 2018 AFL New Zealand Premiership.

Jones represented the AFL Academy Level 2 side during the ANZAC Footy Festival in April and was also selected to take part in the AFL New Zealand National Combine, where he was viewed by a number of AFL talent scouts in search of their next New Zealand superstar.

Couper Jones at the 2017 AFL New Zealand National Combine

Couper has had a rapid rise in the AFLNZ community over the past season which saw his inclusion in the U18 New Zealand wider squad to play Port Adelaide this December. I am looking forward to seeing him play in the Premiership next season as he continues to develop and shows potential to make an impact ” Having been involved in Couper’s development over the past 12 months, National Youth Manager Mick Coultard see’s potential in the young winger.

The National Draft will be held on Tuesday November 21st

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