Jake Bradley missed just one game after his first match in Round 3 for the Development Blues. (PHOTO CREDIT: Amy Paton)
Donning the #46 jumper in 2017, Jake Bradley played the majority of games for the Northern Blues Development side.
Here’s his year in review, thanks to Regency Windows.
THE YEAR THAT WAS
After playing one game for the Development side while on the Northern Knights’ list, Jake Bradley signed for the Northern Blues in the off-season.
A slight setback in pre-season delayed his start to the year, before he played his first game for 2017 in Round 3 against Coburg.
Bradley would only miss one game for the rest of the year, often featuring on a wing for Ian Aitken’s side and using his running ability to his advantage.
Come the end of the season, he was in the top 10 for total disposals over the season for the Development Blues.
He was also given a taste of VFL senior action, playing alongside 13 Carlton-listed players in a mid-season practice match against Werribee.
Bradley achieved his highest disposal tally of the season in his first game, collecting 21 disposals in the narrow Round 3 loss to Coburg.
With 15 of those kicks while also sending his side inside 50 on four occasions, it was an important game from the youngster despite the result going against Northern.
It was the first in a stretch of nine games where Bradley would play uninterrupted, with his ability to get from contest-to-contest a feature.
The 20-year-old enjoyed a strong opening half to the year, impressing in games against Sandringham in Round 6 (16 disposals, four inside 50s) and Port Melbourne in Round 10 (17 disposals).
BY THE NUMBERS
13.5 Development disposals per game
3.5 Development marks per game
5.1 Development handball receives per game
3 Development tackles per game