NORTHERN Blues coach Josh Fraser has declared the club’s skipper Tom Wilson should be among the first players picked in the VFL state squad to tackle South Australia later this month.
Wilson has made a seamless transition to the club’s captaincy since being elevated to replace Brent Bransgrove.
The smooth mover was among the Blues’ best players again on Saturday in a nine-point loss to Collingwood.
He gathered 25 disposals in the 14.16 (100) to 13.13 (91) defeat, continuing his outstanding start to 2016.
Fraser said Wilson’s form would demand a place in Andrew Collins’ Victorian side, which faces South Australia on May 29.
“He’s been outstanding, he really has,” Fraser said.
“I’d be flabbergasted if he wasn’t considered for that state side.
“He’s led more than admirably, his performances have been outstanding.
“He’d have to be someone that would be almost first picked I would have thought.”
The Blues came from 36 points down at the final break to cut the margin to under 10 points, but ultimately left themselves with too much to do to reel in the Magpies.
Hisham Kerbatieh was prominent, collecting 24 disposals and a goal, while Ben Casley provided a focal point in attack on debut.
Collingwood jumped out to a 27-point quarter-time lead with the aid of a breeze at Preston City Oval, but it was the second term where the Magpies seized control.
Northern was unable to make the most of its chances going forward and conceded four goals to trail by 34 points at the main break.
The Blues held firm at the back to stay within six goals with a quarter to play but fell short despite a valiant fightback.
The loss left Northern Blues 11th on the ladder after four rounds ahead of a difficult road trip to face Casey Scorpions this Sunday.
Carlton-listed defender Michael Jamison started on Travis Cloke, but left the field at quarter-time with concussion.
Fraser said the experienced key defender would be assessed during the week.
Cloke finished with one major.