The Lions have again bolstered their forward line ahead of the 2020 VFL season by adding high flying young forward Cooper Sharman.
Sharman, originally from Leeton in New South Wales, spent time in his Junior days with the Greater Western Sydney Academy. Sharman is a 193cm forward with great hands and is a deadly shot for goal.
2019 was a whirlwind season for Sharman who moved to Deakin University in Burwood and found himself at two new football clubs. Through a connection from back home in Leeton, Sharman started playing for Balwyn in the Eastern Football League under the guidance of former AFL coach Rodney Eade.
After 9 games, 13 goals, and named 3 times in the best players for Balwyn, Sharman was rushed onto the Oakleigh Chargers NAB League list due to the level of AFL interest in him.
Sharman played another 8 games where he kicked 14 goals for the Chargers, including 1 goal in the Chargers 2019 NAB League Premiership win over the Eastern Ranges.
Coburg Football Club Media Manager, Kelly Masters spoke to Sharman about his Surreal year as a premiership player in the Nab League and his decision to sign as a Lion.
“It was unreal to just come in halfway through the season and be in there (Oakleigh’s) best side and eventually win a premiership. It was awesome and a great bunch of blokes, so it was awesome to win it with them,” Sharman said.
Following his strong form with both Balwyn and Oakleigh, Sharman received an invitation to the National Draft Combine, a great reward for his sensational season. Leading into the National and Rookie Drafts he was a strong chance of being selected by an AFL club, however, now has now signed as a Lion for 2020.
“It was a pretty nerve-racking time. I had some open dialogue with my manager, so we knew there was definitely a chance to be drafted, but I didn’t get my hopes up too much and unfortunately it didn’t go my way.
“Seb called me a few days after the draft and told me Coburg were interested in me, so I made my way back down to Melbourne. A couple of weeks later I met up with Coburg and a couple of other clubs and I eventually chose Coburg,” he said.
The bright future of the club was a major factor in the signing of the ex-Charger.
“Probably the direction the club was heading attracted me and they were pretty positive after a couple of not so good years on the footy field. The recruiting they have done is really good so I thought this year would be a good chance to hopefully help push Coburg up the ladder.”
The new recruit took a lot from his step up to the NAB League in 2019, which he will now apply to his VFL opportunity.
“The professionalism of that higher level of footy (NAB League) was a step above. Doing everything outside of footy with your diet, your recovery, getting to training early, doing all of the gym sessions, and your one on one time with the coaches.
“This off season I’ve been pretty keen doing heaps of running and gym sessions so that’s definitely a starting point to get my body to a better level so I’m able to compete at VFL level.”
After an impressive 2019 season, Sharman can’t wait to don the red and blue.
“I did train with Coburg once before Christmas and I’m still keeping up with who has signed and all the other players. I love playing footy and I’m keen to start meeting all these blokes, start training, and just get out there and play footy again.”
To view Cooper Sharman’s pre-draft profile click here: https://afl.draftcentral.com.au/player/cooper-sharman/
2019 Mid-season Leader article, click here: https://www.heraldsun.com.au/leader/localfooty/efl-2019-balwyn-forward-cooper-sharman-attracting-afl-attention/news-story/6c1304cd544bcd3c31191dd9f8888dfa
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