Published by Staff Writers, 24th November 2018 on foxsports.com.au
What more does Michael Gibbons need to do to get onto an AFL list?
The Williamstown VFL player is a dual JJ Liston Trophy winner (VFL Best & Fairest Winner) at just 23 years of age, but continues to be snubbed by AFL clubs.
Former Melbourne and Sydney coach Paul Roos told Fox Footy’s On The Couch in August that Gibbons was worthy of a spot on an AFL list and could help struggling clubs down the bottom of the ladder.
The three-time VFL Team of the Year winner also won the 2015 Norm Goss Medal as the best player in the VFL Grand Final.
“Now Micky Gibbons is now playing for Williamstown in the VFL, he was as standout young kid that played I think two years in the Rams (NSW-ACT) program as a bottom-age kid and played as a top-age kid.
“Now the only real criticism is that he’s not big, you see him here he’s 175cm but just your classic kid that keeps getting the football over and over again.”
Gibbons’ VFL teammates Lachlan Schultz, Brett Bewley and Ben Cavarra were selected in the national draft, but former AFL player Jack Fitzpatrick was one of many who advocated for the prospect to be taken by a club.
“Memo to every single AFL club. The three Williamstown VFL players taken thus far are very good players. BUT, Michael Gibbons is still available, and you’re actually allowed to recruit,” he tweeted on Friday.
“I repeat; Gibbons — Willi’s best player — is STILL available!”
Former AFL player and current Williamstown VFL assistant coach Peter Banfield was another who threw his support around the midfielder, who averaged 26.4 disposals in 2018.
“I just don’t (get) it that no one took him, seriously, he is the best player in the VFL.”