Lachlan Jones is set to begin the season in the same role as 2021, he played across half-back in his first year at AFL level.
New Port Adelaide midfield coach Brett Montgomery discussed plenty of new options to run through a midfield role when asked on Wednesday, he mentioned the following names:
Connor Rozee, Zak Butters, Xavier Duursma, Miles Bergman, Jackson Mead & Jed McEntee.
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Later in the interview Montgomery was specifically asked about Lachlan Jones playing midfield, Montgomery kindly responded to the question with the following comments.
“I don’t see why not,”
“I think someone like Lachy and even those guys we mentioned before like Jackson Mead and Miles Bergman, there shouldn’t be any limitations on what these guys can do.”
“The only thing is they come in with some prior learning and some prior experiences in a position because they’ve been a good player for a long time as a kid but they’re just great traits when they get here that can be applied to any area so if I talk Lachy specifically,”
“I’ve got no doubts that with some experience, with some education and some exposure, I think Lachy Jones could make it in any of the areas.”
“I’ve got a keen eye on him for the midfield.” Montgomery said.
Lachlan Jones therefore will likely start the season across half-back.
“I think he’ll get his first start as a defender just because that’s probably a little bit fairer on him but as I’ve said like those other young guys; why put a ceiling on these guys who have got exceptional talent, he’s another one.” Montgomery added.
Jones averaged 13.5 Disposals, 3.7 Marks & 1.3 Tackles from 6 games in 2021.
Fantasy Impact: Lachlan Jones averaged 49.8pts from 6 games in 2021, he scored a season high 73pts against Fremantle in Round 11.
Jones looked pretty solid across half-back in his first year in the AFL, his season was interrupted by injury.
The role in 2022 should be the same, another pre-season of development should benefit his scoring output.
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Jones is an outside consideration for season long fantasy, there is upside scoring potential based on his position across half-back.
He’s a late round speculative option in single season draft leagues.