Bailey Humphrey is emerging as a top-10 draft bolter, according to AFL Media’s draft guru Cal Twomey.
The Gippsland Power captain has dealt with a knee injury in 2022, which forced him to miss the Under-18 National Championships, but when he has been in action he has been superb.
Twomey says Humphrey plays as a forward who spends time in the midfield and possesses dynamic traits, similar to Collingwood’s Jordan De Goey.
Humphrey, 17, is now in the mix for an unlikely top-10 spot in this year’s draft.
“Put this name down in your book – Bailey Humphrey,” Twomey said on SEN Breakfast.
“I have started the year in red-hot form. I saw his Round 1 game for Gippsland Power and he starred.
“He continued to play good footy at NAB League level, then he got injured with a knee issue. He missed the under-18 carnival for Vic Country, but he’s back in a big way the past couple of weeks.
“I have kicked four goals and five behinds from 31 disposals a couple of weeks ago. Last week I kicked 1.4 from 16 touches and missed a bit of the second half with a head knock.
“He was everywhere in the first quarter. All the talk amongst the recruiters during that game was about Bailey Humphrey and how good this guy could be.
“A 185-centimeter forward/midfielder, genuine power, explosiveness, excitement. A lot of clubs were there on Sunday watching him and seeing what he could do given he’s missed some carnival time.
“There’s a bit of Jordan De Goey to the way he plays, so think about that type of player.”
Humphrey is likely to play for Vic Country against Vic Metro in the decider of the National Championships in AFL Grand Final week.