His Port Adelaide career was all but over in 2018, but just two years later Karl Amon has developed himself into a genuine star that no-one talks about.
If you want to see just how quickly your football fortunes can change, then look no further than the case of Port Adelaide wingman Karl Amon.
Back in 2018, the then 23-year-old was at a crossroads in his AFL career. Playing only six games for the Power and being hampered by knee injuries, Karl Amon’s Port Adelaide career was a good as done.
An honest chat with Ken Hinkley in the off-season resulted in the pair agreeing that should an opportunity to return to Victoria comes his way, he would seriously look at it. Thankfully it never came and as they say, the rest is history.
The following year in 2019 Amon’s football career skyrocketed. The winger averaged 19 disposals a game as he managed 17 matches for the Power and booted nine goals for the year.
Amon then followed his stellar 2019 campaign up by getting even better. Although his disposal average (16) fell, it was his ball use, raking left foot and gut running that made him a staple of Ken Hinkley’s side as they pushed Richmond in their preliminary final matchup which they ultimately lost.
If his 2020 form was great then what has followed has him as an All-Australian lock on the wing just six games into the season.
Amon has been a beast on the wing this season. Steadily getting better and better as the weeks go by. His disposal tallies of 16, 20, 23, 25, 28, and 34 (26 of which came before halftime) suggest he is just warming up.
It is not just his disposal count that is impressive. It is his ball use and his running ability that should have caught the eye of the competition but somehow hasn’t. In five out of 6 games, Amon has over 450 metres gained with one of 647 his best to date.
What does that suggest? That when he gets the ball he is going forward and putting his side in great attacking positions and he hits his targets. In his six games this season, Amon’s disposal efficiency has been under 70 just once, with four other games going at over 76% by foot. So when he gets it, very rarely does he waste it.
On Sunday night he put on an absolute clinic in the first half and although most of his touches came in the back half when Port was controlling the game, he still got possessions on Brad Hill at will, constantly outworking him.
His is so underrated it is not even funny anymore. He is in the All-Australian team at this stage and has been that bit of class that Port has needed on the outside. The fact that he is hardly mentioned when talking about Port Adelaide’s best players is laughable for me. Given that there is a wealth of options for the media to crow about, Amon should be in the conversation too.
His current deal expires at the end of the 2022 season and given how he has performed over the last three years, he should get another contract with Port. It would be an absolute travesty if he didn’t.
Hardly spoken about, criminally underrated while being one of the best wingmen in the competition, it is time to put some respect on Karl Amon’s name, he has earned it.