Sydney AFL star Isaac Heeney reckons rugby league sensation Tom Trbojevic may have performed in nearly any Australian guidelines place after watching him after they had been each a part of the Swans Academy.
Trbojevic opted to hitch his elder brother Jake on the Manly NRL membership, with each males graduating to the NSW Blues Origin crew.
Each performed in final Sunday’s win over Queensland in Perth with Tommy Turbo crossing for 3 tries.
“I like rugby league and him and his brother are tremendous skills and you’ll see on the weekend that they produced some fairly good footy,” Heeney mentioned.
Underneath present guidelines, Sydney couldn’t signal Trbojevic until the 12 months he turned 18, by which period the Eagles had swooped on the proficient teenager.
Heeney felt it was the sibling connection moderately than the AFL’s age restriction that will have been the most important consider Trbojevic’s resolution.
“His brother clearly taking part in NRL as nicely, I’m assuming that was the principle drive behind why he went with the NRL as an alternative of the AFL,” Heeney mentioned.
“I believe the academy does a tremendous job with grabbing that form of expertise and holding onto them rather well and clearly there’s going to be a pair that get away and he was a type of.”
Requested if he wish to have had Trbojevic working out for the Swans alongside him Heeney mentioned “100 per cent.
“He strikes fairly nicely, what do they name him, Tommy Turbo, fast as nicely, it might be good to have him.
“He’s a tall, match and robust trying unit, so possibly a half-forward even like Nick Blakey,
“Or a wing function or one thing like that. He’s clearly a tough unit as nicely, so possibly inside, however in all probability wherever, to be sincere.”
At 194cm Trbojevic is only one centimetre smaller than Blakey, however round 20 kilos heavier.
The 19-year-old Blakey has lived as much as the excessive expectations of him, taking part in 12 of Sydney’s 13 video games in his first AFL season.
Taking part in primarily as a ahead, Blakey has kicked 11 objectives, together with two in final weeks’ win over Hawthorn, after which he acquired a Rising Star nomination.
“An excellent expertise, he’s so skilful for an enormous boy and very fast as nicely, and I believe he’s a bit like Tommy Turbo in the way in which that he covers the bottom rather well and composed for such a younger fellow,” Heeney mentioned.