Sneak Previews – Jed Anderson (Nth Melb)

Written by Schwarzwalder on February 4 2016

POSITION: MID/FWD

Starting Price: $223 900

SC Scoring History
2015 – 41 points per game from 4 games played
2014 – did not play due to shoulder injury
2013 – 52 ppg (6)

 

‘Mr Anderson, we missed you!!’ (The Matrix). Agent Smith wasn’t the only one. Many Supercoaches said the same thing after Rd6 last season. Seriously though, if his nickname isn’t already Neo, then I’m making it so for the sake of this write-up 😉

There’s no doubting that the current Hawthorn team is one of the greatest of all-time. Having won the last three premierships, they are already the punters favorite for the 2016 season. That sort of success is accompanied by plenty of hard-luck stories from ‘fringe’ players. Will Langford, James Sicily, Jono O’Rourke, Angus Litherland, Luke Lowden, Jonathan Simpkin & Jonathan Ceglar are just some of the talent that haven’t quite cemented their spot in this great side. Starved of opportunities, Jed Anderson requested a trade at the end of the 2015 season. With no shortage of takers, North Melbourne emerged as Anderson’s club of choice.

At just 16, Anderson was recruited into the GWS scholarship program in 2010. Home-sickness cut his stay short and he returned to the Northern Territory. The following year Anderson was selected for the All-Australian Under-18 team after a string of impressive performances at the U18 Championships. Despite being pre-listed with GWS, he was traded to Hawthorn in exchange for Stephan Gilham after the 2012 season. Anderson debuted for the Hawks in Rd1 of 2013 before winning a Rising Star nomination in the Rd3 clash with the Pies. A string of hamstring complaints hampered his progress. He returned to play a role in the Qualifying Final before completing the year with a premiership at Box Hill. 2014 was ruined by a pre-season bout of pneumonia followed by season-ending shoulder surgery after the first game of the year.

Mr Anderson got our attention in a big way during the NAB series last year, which included an impressive 110 SC pts against Collingwood. Many astute Supercoaches locked him in the Hawks best 22, but it wasn’t to be. A few red/green vests and then demotion to Box Hill where he spent his time after Rd6………’Mr Anderson, we missed you!’

So what does the future hold for Neo? Will he take the red pill and spend another season in the Matrix…….I mean, VFL? Or will he take the blue pill and become The One that North Melbourne need to stop the machines (Hawthorn)? If the Supercoach Prophecies are true then he’s sure to play a big role in our sides this year………..

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5 thoughts on “Sneak Previews – Jed Anderson (Nth Melb)”

  1. @ Father Dougal – you’re welcome, buddy!

    @ Thommo – It’s a tough one. Hopefully Scott gives us an indication during the NAB Challenge. Obviously they’re both there to add midfield depth. Surely they’ll get their chance to shine……..

    @ Motts – Thanks mate!

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