Brisbane Lions defender Sam Docherty set to roar after year of pain – By Greg Davis
Name: Sam Docherty
Sam Docherty was a much hyped 2012 rookie who failed to play a game in 2012 for the Lions after injury curtailed his preseason form and fitness. Docherty was recited from the Gippsland Power in the 2011′ National Draft at selection 12. Touted as one of the best mid-sized defenders in the draft pool, he averaged 22 possessions per game for Gippsland. His ability to read the play was also highlighted in his two games for Vic Country where he averaged 8 interceptions per game.
In 2012 despite early season injury Docherty played 15 games for the Lions reserves averaging 21 possessions per game and making it over the 30 possessions twice. He was also the emergency for the Lions last three games, highlighting his potential emergence as a regular player in 2013.
After a honest evaluation of his fitness level in 2012 by the coaching staff and fitness coach Brett Burton (ex-Adelaide), Docherty has by all reports been a big improver on the track this preseason, pushing his fitness levels up to the required standard of a professional footballer.
With the retirement of Josh Drummond, Docherty is in contention for his position, however he is also in competition with Golby, Adcock and Hanley for a mid-size defender role. Look for the aforementioned players to push up into the midfield and allow Docherty to gain a mid-size defender role.
Potential Average – 65-70
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