Marlion Pickett enters the market to win the Norm Smith medal

Could Pickett cap off his debut with a match winning performance?

Sam Eaton
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Thu, 26 Sep, 10:22 AM

Richmond have put the cat among the pigeons by selecting 27 year-old Marlion Pickett to make his AFL debut in Saturday’s Grand Final. Pickett was picked up by Richmond in this year’s rookie draft just four months ago, and it couldn’t have worked out much better for him. He’s already featured in Richmond’s VFL premiership-winning team and could play a pivotal role in the Tiger’s bid for another AFL premiership.

The fact he only made his debut for his new club (VFL) in round 18 make his rise to fame even more impressive. Pickett was the stand out performer in last weekend’s VFL grand final, and picked up the Norm Gross medal. He could now land the remarkable Norm Gross-Norm Smith double.

The Norm Goss medal winner had 20 disposals, made nine tackles and kicked a goal to take out the award last weekend.

Unibet Australia have entered Marlion Pickett into the market at $41, which places him joint 11th favourite in the market. They’ve also got the debutant at $4.5 to kick two or more goals.

The 27 year-old will certainly never have experienced anything like an AFL Grand Final before, last weekend he played in front of 13,000 people, this weekend he’ll have an extra 87,000 to impress.

Greater Western Sydney remain the outsiders to win the flag, but one corporate have slashed their odds to $3.15.

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