U18 TAC Cup Squad

Northern Knights captain Mason Blakey has been confirmed to make his debut for the Northern Blues VFL side this weekend.

Blakey will be the 26th debutant the Blues have blooded in 2016 alone, after he was named in the side to play as 23rd man for the clash against Williamstown.

Blakey replaced fellow Knights product Matthew Perry in the side, making him the fifth Knights player (2015 or 2016 class) to debut for the Blues VFL side.

The nephew of Fitzroy and North Melbourne stalwart John Blakey, the youngster was described as a mature footballer and person by Northern Knights Talent Manager Rhy Gieschen.

“Mason is of outstanding character and is a sensational leader of our football club,” Gieschen said.

“We feel that Mason is a player who is ready to progress to the next level of his football development and is ready for senior VFL football.”

A rebounding half-back who stands at 183cm, Blakey has averaged over 21 disposals in the TAC Cup this season and featured for Vic Metro against Vic Country earlier this year.

Gieschen said one of his main attributes which saw him earn his place into the Vic Metro side was his commitment to the cause and a selfless mentality.

“He was rewarded with Vic Metro selection in the 2016 National Carnival on the back of some quality form,” Gieschen said.

“He is a team-first player who has developed his game to be an elite rebounding defender of the TAC Cup.”

Blakey is also the fifth current Northern Knight to play for the Blues at either VFL or Development level this year, further solidifying the Northern Knights/Blues talent pathway.

The Northern Blues will take on Williamstown this Saturday at Ikon Park from 2pm.