22/05/2024
Although North Melbourne has slumped to 15 straight losses, Luke Davies-Uniacke has put together a remarkable month of football.

Luke Davies-Uniacke has announced his arrival to stardom in the AFL.

After three out of his last four outings resulting in 30 plus possession games, 23-year-old midfielder Luke Davies-Uniacke is delivering excellent performances albeit in a struggling North Melbourne outfit.

Davies-Uniacke was taken at Pick 4 in the 2017 National Draft and season 2022 is shaping up as his best one yet.

In a draft class consisting of talent such as Fremantle’s Andrew Brayshaw and Carlton’s Adam Cerra, Davies-Uniacke marked himself as one of the prime movers of the draft.

He’s has shown glimpses of his capabilities at the elite level earning ‘Judd-like’ comparisons from Essendon great Matthew Lloyd in 2020.

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Similarities can be drawn as Chris Judd’s breakout year was also in his 5th season at age 23.

Over the course of 2022, Luke Davies-Uniacke has averaged 23 disposals a game, and in his last five outings his disposal average has been 28.

On a night with little positives, Davies-Uniacke was a shining light during Geelong’s 112 point demolition of North Melbourne gathering 36 disposals and seven clearances.

However it was in the following week against Collingwood on the MCG where Davies-Uniacke shone brightest, his 33-disposal, 12-clearance match led to the Roos beating the Pies 18-9 at centre bounces.

“Luke is very diligent in his approach,” now former North Melbourne coach David Noble said.

“He has become a real pro in that sense.

“Luke’s probably last five weeks have been really consistent.”

In one of North Melbourne’s worst recorded seasons in it’s history, Luke Davies-Uniacke’s improvement can be regarded as a success, and something the fans can look forward to in years to come.

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