Junior Clubs: Wantirna South
Clubs: Port Adelaide (2010 National Draft, pick 36)
Debut: R5, 2012
Recruited from: Eastern Ranges (Vic)
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Sponsor: WE Hughes
As he was in 2014, Young was the Power’s go-to substitute for the bulk of 2015. With good reason though – he uses the ball well and is a serious threat on the inside of contests. The shelving of the sub rule should aid him and increase his game-time, but he will want to improve his running ability to make full use of any extended minutes.
- While playing at local club Wantirna South, Young umpired junior football as a way to earn pocket money.
Young wasn't able to play senior football, but showed promise at local side North Adelaide.
Putting in several best on ground performances for the Roosters in the SANFL, Young was awarded his debut jumper in Round 5 against the Crows. Being subbed on in the third quarter, he set up a goal in his first act of play on the biggest stage in South Australian football – a Showdown. His season was hampered when, in Round 7, he injured his ankle against Fremantle at Subiaco. Returning later in the season against Geelong, he played the final nine out of ten games for the year.
Young had an up-and-down 2013 campaign. Dropped to North Adelaide's reserves early in the year, Port Adelaide quickly brought him into its own SANFL camp with the Magpies where he enjoyed an improvement in form to earn a recall into the AFL side midway through the year. He played as the substitute in both of the Power's finals to critical acclaim, particularly against Collingwood in the elimination final where he came on during the third quarter and had 13 disposals and three clearances.
Often filling the substitute role, Young proved a dynamic and exciting running midfielder for Port Adelaide throughout the year. A foot injury curtailed his prospects of playing AFL finals, however he managed to play in the club’s SANFL finals campaign as the Magpies’ most impressive major round performer.
Young again showed his class at SANFL level, regularly being named in the best in his seven games in the prison bars in 2015. He made 11 appearances at AFL level, including a number as sub, and showed glimpses of his prolific ball-winning ability and nous around goal. A 25-disposal, one-goal game in Round 4 against Hawthorn was his best performance for 2015. He'll be hoping to emulate that on a more regular basis come 2016.