Joey Montagna Praises The Proposed Free Agency Move For Tim O'Brien
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There's a free agency move on the cards for Hawthorn's Tim O'Brien, and Joey Montagna believes there's a huge benefit to be had after his late-season form.
O'Brien appears set to depart the Hawks in this trade period as an unrestricted free agent, after 97 games for the Hawks across eight seasons.
But it's the 27-year-old's late-season form as a defender that caught the eyes of Joey.
O'Brien played down back in five of the last six games of the 2021 AFL season and averaged 16 disposals, 6.4 intercept possessions and three intercept marks per game in those clashes, including a career-high 24 disposals and 14 intercept possessions against Richmond in round 22.
"Tried mainly as a forward, (but he) has shown as a defender that I think he is almost an elite intercept defender," he explained.
"A lot of failed forwards make it as really good defenders."