A stellar season for the Northern Blues has Jesse Palmer in calculations for a return to the elite level. (PHOTO CREDIT: Tim Murdoch)
Jesse Palmer is hopeful of letting his football do the talking in the final month of the VFL season.
Speaking to SEN 1116’s VFL Show, Palmer said he still held ambitions of returning to the AFL system.
With 24 goals from 13 games this year, Palmer has made a big impact in his year at the Northern Blues after arriving from Port Adelaide.
The leading goal-kicker said he was thoroughly enjoying his time at Ikon Park this year.
Hear from Palmer between 16:05 until 25:32 for the full segment.
“I’m really enjoying my footy here at the Northern Blues, we’re a really young group,” Palmer said.
“On paper it looks like a challenging year, but it’s been really fulfilling.”
Comparisons have been drawn between Palmer’s year and that of Cameron O’Shea in 2017, who received an AFL lifeline after a stellar year at the Blues via Port Adelaide.
As well as being the club’s leading goal-kicker, Palmer is also ranked first for score assists, second for marks and fourth for inside 50s.
Palmer said while is hopeful of a second chance at the elite level, circumstances were “out of his control”.
“I think if you ask most young players in the VFL that question (of AFL ambitions), they’d say yes,” Palmer said.
“It is out of my control a bit, I’m just trying to focus on playing the best football I can and if I do that, I’ll be happy.
“At the end of the year, if I get picked up that’d be fantastic. If I don’t I know I’ve tried everything in my power, whatever happens happens.”
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Palmer credited his former teammate from his Alberton days as a major reason why he was plying his trade in Northern colours this season.
“Cam and I are pretty good mates after a few years at Port. Once my time wrapped up there, Cam sent me a message straight away to come down to the Blues,” Palmer said.
“There was a bit more to it, but I sat down with ‘Frase’ from there and came to a decision pretty soon.”
As one of the self-confessed “older guys” despite only being 21 years of age, Palmer said he knew there was still a lot of development in his game to come.
He said Josh Fraser had a big influence in his year so far at the club.
“I can’t speak highly enough of him,” Palmer said.
“He’s really good with younger players and is patient with their development, which is exactly what the group needs.
“In terms of myself at the club, he’s done everything right by me and in terms of development, he’s fantastic in that area.”
Despite the mass amount of changes by the week, Palmer said the club could take heart from its last six weeks ahead of the season’s final rounds.
“Every aligned club deals with five or six changes a week… It is a challenge,” Palmer said.
“We’re building some consistency. We beat Werribee the week before and Frankston on the weekend, so we’re getting some wins on the trot.
“There’s no secret to it. We’ve been building our pressure and playing forward-half footy: you give yourselves the chance to win games.”