The North Melbourne Kangaroos have selected Miller Bergman with their fourth pick in the 2021 NAB AFL Draft.
Drafted with pick 38, the general defender has made a name for himself with his elite decision making and impressive ball use.
At 188cm, Bergman’s frame allows him to play multiple positions across the ground as he did this season for the Dandenong Stingrays.
"Lightly built, but he's such a great decision maker and user of the footy," AFL talent ambassador Kevin Sheehan told Fox Footy.
"He's the boy you want to see with the footy in his hands, that’s how good his decision making and execution is."
Bergman averaged 17.7 disposals for the Stingrays this season at 79 per cent efficiency and was also a presence overhead, averaging 4.6 marks despite his light frame. When playing forward, the 18-year-old made the most of every shot on goal, kicking 7.1.
The defender capitalised on the heavily interrupted season by putting a large emphasis on his aerobic ability.
"During games I just try and run as much as possible and be loud, then try and use it when I’ve got it," Bergman told the Dandenong Star Journal. "During the Covid lockdown (in 2020) I was running maybe three to four times a week."
North Melbourne's National Recruiting Manager Mark Finnigan believes Bergman’s skillset can fill a need on North’s list.
"He will provide a lot of drive with his run and kick, filling a position type we need for the long term," Finnigan said.
"Miller showed his talent and versatility in the NAB league this season also playing forward, kicking three goals in one quarter.
"Like Josh Goater, he has been a Roos supporter all his life with his Dad, Shannon, being drafted by the club in 1989.
"We are really excited with what Miller can bring once in an elite program."