28/05/2024
Mitch Knevitt AFL Draft

Mitch Knevitt in action for the Geelong Falcons this season. (Image: Marcel Berens)

With the speed and size of a modern-day midfielder, Mitch Knevitt has bolted into first-round contention in the 2021 AFL Draft.

After recovering from an ACL injury two years ago and having his bottom-age year completely wiped out due to COVID interruptions, Mitch Knevitt has done a power of work to get to where he is now.

The Geelong falcons product was touted as one to watch heading into the 2021 NAB League season and the tall inside midfielder did not disappoint.

Despite the season being cut short, an impressive display has seen him become a possible first-round bolter in his draft year.

Knevitt credited big pre-season which has seen him grow in confidence and stature as the year has gone on.

“I really tried to push myself [this pre-season] and tried to get the most out of myself – that’s probably where that came from,” he said.

Knevitt averaged 24.3 disposals (50 per cent contested), 4.4 clearances and 4.3 tackles. He won the Geelong Falcons’ best and fairest award as well as a place in the NAB League’s ‘Team of the Year’.

The tall, athletic midfielder stands at 193 centimetres and possesses the elite speed and endurance combination which allowed him to transition both back and forward and impact the game at both ends off the ground. He used his height and reach to his advantage to feed his teammates and bring them into the game.

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Knevitt put in a strong showing at the Vic Metro vs Vic Country game in the middle of the year, finishing with 23 disposals, and was one of the better Vic Country players on the ground on the day. It was a performance that was the catalyst for a strong vein of form before the season in Victoria was cut short, just as he was beginning to dominate.

“I think I found a bit of form, probably after the Vic Country game, just got a bit of confidence from that throughout the year.

“It would have been nice for the season to have gone a bit longer, but it was just unlucky in the end.”

Despite the lack of football through injury and the pandemic, Knevitt believes he has the attributes to make an early impact in the AFL system in his first year.

“I’ll probably just try to use my strengths as much as I can, use my height, probably look to put on a bit of size as well.”

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