Having played two A Grade games with the Kangaroos in the Great Southern League back in 2015, Nathan Kreuger of Victor Harbor has all the physical components to be an AFL footballer.
These include a fantastic natural leap, amazing agility and a potent left foot kick.
Kreuger has also got the ability to play in a variety of roles, at both ends of the ground and even could “pinch hit” in ruck.
At 195 cm tall and already a strong 88 kgs, physically he’s as ready as any candidate across the nation.
His consistency across the season and in games is his major issue, but an area he is working on.
“I’ve had a couple of very good mentors; firstly Tony Bamford (the Panthers Talent Manager who has just been promoted to the State Under 18s role for 2018) has been fantastic at South Adelaide,” Kreuger explained.
“I’ve been involved a program with Andrew and Rachel McLeod since 2015 - they have taken me under their wing also.
“One of my school teachers at Victor Harbor High, Paul Loughead has been pretty important this year.
“I played Under 18s and for reserves games for the Panthers along with two of the under 18s matches at the National Championships.
“The first was at Etihad Stadium and in the game at Simonds Stadium where I received concussion.
“I see my assets is a player including being athletic, my speed, my marking ability and long kicking, along with my confidence on the field.”
The second oldest of five children, he has a 19-year-old brother Matthew and younger siblings Bradley, Marcon and Makayla
Nathan’s father Jamie Krueger played 150 games with it Darwin Buffaloes in the tough and uncompromising Northern Territory Football League as well as football in WA and Victoria.
Kruger’s mother Elaine is from the “Nunga mob” in Western Australia and has always suggested that Nathan was related to the AFL great Hall of Fame legend, Graham “Polly” Farmer.
Neill Sharpe, South Adelaide’s CEO explained that Krueger was an athletic footballer and there’s nothing he can’t do on the football field.
“At 195cms, Nathan is a great size, he’s quick and has pretty reasonable endurance as well,” Sharpe continued.
“It is exciting with what he is capable of producing.
“He is certainly an explosive athlete; there’s plenty of upside to Nathan’s game and he has the potential to be anything.
“Being in a full-time AFL program will certainly help his growth as a footballer.
“Based in Victor Harbor for a long period he has only been in our program for a short period.
“Nathan played some SANFL reserves footy at the back end of the year as well.”
Tony Bamford reiterated the comments made by Sharpe, commenting that Kreuger’s strengths are his versatility, and his strength.
“There is a lot of the unknown – X factor about Nathan,” Bamford explained.
“He’s very raw and once he works out his game, he could be very special.”
Krueger is a hard selection to pin down – on natural talent he could be as high as a second and third round selection – but could easily drift out to the rookie draft.