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'Big future': Magpies' top draft pick is 'ready-made' for AFL

Isaac Quaynor was taken with pick 13 overall at this year's NAB AFL Draft - AFL,Collingwood Magpies,Isaac Quaynor
Isaac Quaynor was taken with pick 13 overall at this year's NAB AFL Draft

COLLINGWOOD'S top draftee Isaac Quaynor is "ready-made" for AFL football, teammate Tom Phillips says.

The hard-bodied Quaynor – the No.13 pick in the recent NAB AFL Draft – is a 180cm defensive playmaker who some have earmarked for an early debut for the 2018 Grand Finalist.

Magpie wingman Phillips, 22, was well aware of Quaynor, almost 19, long before the young gun became a Magpie.

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Both of them represented Paul Roos' old club Beverley Hills in Doncaster East before progressing to the Oakleigh Chargers' program, where Quaynor received guidance from Phillips' father Anthony.

Phillips has trained with Quaynor since the youngster joined the Pies' first-to-fourth-year players' pre-season campaign in late November, and the established Magpie couldn't have been more impressed with what he has seen of the well-developed teenager.

"My impressions of Isaac are pretty strong and positive. He's been getting right amongst it, he has a crack at everything and he's done really well so far," Phillips told AFL.com.au.

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"He's got a lot of traits to make him a really, really good footballer. He's strong, he's quick, he's got great endurance and he's very smart.

"He played at my junior footy club and Dad did a bit of work with him and has been a bit of a mentor for him over the past year or two, so I've known him a little bit over the years.

"He did a great amount of work to get drafted and he's continuing to work really hard."

Phillips, the Pies' time-trial specialist who prides himself on his professionalism, has also been taken with Quaynor's attention to detail.

"He's already shown that he's very professional and he knows exactly what he's doing, which is rare from a first-year draftee," he said.

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"I wasn't as diligent and on the ball at the start as he's been, and it's been great to see.

"He's very self-assured, but in the right way. He's just got that quiet confidence about him.

"He's ready-made and he's got a big future, that's for sure.

"I love having Isaac around and I'm looking forward to playing alongside him, whenever that might be."

Quaynor, who models himself on Western Bulldogs speedster Jason Johannisen and Melbourne stopper Neville Jetta, was an All Australian at under-18 level this year after showcasing his dash, decision-making and kicking skills with Vic Metro in the national championships.

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Runner-up in Oakleigh's best and fairest, he also won the goalkicking test at the NAB AFL Draft Combine after being the only player to post a perfect score – a result he modestly described as "an absolute fluke".

A passionate Pies fan before being drafted, Quaynor qualified for the club's Next Generation Academy because his father was born in the west African nation of Ghana.

Quaynor and Phillips are among eight former Oakleigh Chargers on the Pies list, along with Jordan de Goey, Darcy Moore, Ben Crocker and Josh Daicos, along with fellow draftees Will Kelly and Atu Bosenavualagi.

The Pies completed their last pre-Christmas session on Tuesday before departing for a three-week break over Christmas.