Dodoro sees Redman as tall midfielder

14 May 2020 20:33:37 GMTPlus10

Essendon list boss Adrian Dodoro feels youngster Mason Redman is a player from the same mold as three-time premiership winner Corey Enright.

Cats midfielder Enright, who racked up 332 games for the club over 16 seasons, concluded his career in 2016 - the same year Redman broke into the AFL.

Redman only managed five appearances across his first two campaigns with Essendon, but was their break out player last season when he played 20 games.

He cemented a spot in the back six and was named as the cub's most improved player.

Bombers GM of list and recruiting Dodoro reckons the 22-year-old has all the traits to flourish as a tall midfielder.

"He can play half-back, half-forward, on-ball, and he's a tough, resilient kid," he said of the South Australian.

"We've always felt he could be that tall midfielder, a bit like Corey Enright was for the Cats - those nice, six-foot-two running mids. I still think he could do that."

Dodoro added of the No.30 pick from the 2015 AFL Draft: "He's combative, he's tough, and he's got a good tank, speed and game awareness.

"Obviously we've got a bit of depth in our back half with (Adam) Saad and (Conor) McKenna, and (Matt) Guelfi can play in the back half, so maybe going forward he'll get looked at (for midfield)."

Redman was taken in the same draft as Darcy Parish (five) and Aaron Francis (six), and Dodoro said the club's recruiters had "just loved him from the first time they laid eyes on him."

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