Second year player Deven Robertson played his best game for Brisbane in his side’s 18-point win over Carlton on Saturday afternoon.
The 19-year-old has been in and out of the Lions side since his debut last season, but took full advantage of coming into the side for round six.
The youngster had 18 disposals (at 78 percent efficiency) for the game, including eight contested possessions and six tackles. His hard-nosed attributes come to the fore when the ball is in dispute.
What will most please coach Chris Fagan is Robertson’s improved forward goal-sense. He had two goals in the second quarter, and was a catalyst for Brisbane’s second term in which they won by 34 points.
“I thought [Deven] Robertson stepped up pretty well tonight in [Jarrod Berry’s] absence and played a handy role,” Fagan said after the match.
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Robertson was the only draftee in attendance on night one of the 2019 AFL Draft that did not get selected in the first round. Brisbane then traded up to nab the West Australian captain with the first pick of night two.
Though he was drafted as a premier contested midfielder, Robertson has had to reinvent himself as a forward and hard-running winger to fit into Fagan’s side.
“That’s all part of the deal,” Fagan said of his differing positions in the side.
“He came through the juniors as a fantastic inside mid player. He was able to play there for good stretches tonight.
“But the thing about AFL footy as you can’t just be a one-position player unless you’re exceptional.
“So he’s worked really hard over the last couple of years to be able to play wing, and play forward when required, so it’s a credit to him.”
If Deven Robertson can continue to provide flexibility in Brisbane’s lineup, his spot in its best 22 will be secured each week.
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