DOB: 16 June 2002 (19)
DRAFTED FROM: Oakleigh Chargers
Karl Worner is a hard-working wingman from Oakleigh Chargers.
After missing out in the 2020 AFL Draft, Worner took his game to another level this year and reinvented himself into the best match-day runner in this draft pool as shown by his GPS numbers.
He worked hard on his running with Craig Mottram over the Covid shut-down in 2020 to improve his endurance and ran a 6:07 2km time trial at the National Combine.
In the NAB League he averaged 17.7 disposals, 4.7 marks and 4.2 tackles a game, but probably his best match was for Vic Metro in an Under 19 state trial against Vic Country (game-high 30 disposals and 15 marks).
He's unselfish and plays the wing role well, covering the outlets and working just as hard defensively as he does offensively. Karl is a good size at 188cm and is also very strong overhead.