Heath Chapman may only have 10 AFL games to his name but Freo legend Matthew Pavlich has already seen enough to believe that the 20-year-old has the potential to be All Australian in just his second season of AFL.

The no.14 pick in the 2020 NAB AFL Draft is coming off outstanding performances in back-to-back games against West Coast and GWS.

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 09: Heath Chapman of the Dockers marks the ball during the round four AFL match between the Fremantle Dockers and the Greater Western Sydney Giants at Optus Stadium on April 09, 2022 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images via AFL Photos)

While Lachie Schultz earned Glendinning-Allan Medal honours against the Eagles, Pavlich gave Chapman the three votes for his 23 disposals, seven rebound 50s and six intercepts in the RAC Derby.

The defender was arguably better in round four against the Giants, racking up 24 disposals, 11 intercepts and 331 metres gained.

Pavlich himself is a six-time All Australian, first earning the honours in his third AFL season in 2002, but the 353-game player believes Chapman has what it takes to achieve the honour a year earlier.

“Right now, he is being electric,” Pavlich told SEN WA.

“He’s not only in Rising Star calculations but in All Australian. He’s one of the best half backs in the competition right now.”

While Chapman is playing a starring role in defence with his daring and skilful play on the rebound, Pavlich believes Fremantle could have a gun midfielder in the making.

“(Fremantle) always thought wing was a possibility early in his career,” Pavlich said.

“He can get inside and do all those things (play midfield) because he’s a big body and is only going to put more size on.

“Right now he’s brilliant across half back and he’s doing all he can, he should (play midfield). He’s so good with his closing speed and reading the play and as a backman, that’s one of the key attributes - as well as his ability to use the ball through the middle.”

In his post-game interview on ABC Grandstand on Saturday, Chapman was asked what he thought about a move to the midfield.

“I’m pretty comfortable down back at the moment and I love playing with the boys back there. We have a really strong connection but I don’t know, we’ll have to see,” Chapman said.

“I’m still learning on the go, obviously I had some interruptions last year (with injury). I guess I’m just resorting back to my focuses on match ups, defending really hard and everything will just come off the back of really hard contests and putting your head over the ball.”

Even after two impressive games, it will be hard for Chapman to top his round one heroics where he made a game-saving spoil to preserve Fremantle’s one-point lead against Adelaide at Adelaide Oval.

While the moment will live long in the memories of Fremantle fans, Chapman said he wasn’t dwelling on the moment.

“I’m trying to forget about it! It’s in the books now and I’m moving onto the next games,” Chapman said.

“Everything I want to do on the field comes off the back of really hard contests, really fighting and having the will to win.”

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