Date of Birth: 19/08/1995
Club: Port Adelaide FC
Games (Goals): 36 (20)
Recruited From: 2013 NAB AFL Draft, Pick 68 from Sandringham Dragons (TAC Cup)
An athletic and ultra competitive player, Karl’s development during his U/18 year with the Sandringham Dragons and Haileybury College was enormous. Coming from relative obscurity at the start of the season, Karl starred for the Sandringham Dragons in the early part of the 2013 season to then be selected to play for Vic Metro in the U/18 NAB AFL National Championships. The experience of playing for Vic Metro against the best of the best further accelerated his development and confidence in the game leading to a great finish to his season.
Having to sit and wait as name after name was read out during the 2013 NAB AFL Draft, Karl thought his hopes were almost dashed until Port Adelaide jumped at the opportunity at pick 68. From there Karl quickly relocated to Adelaide before jumping on a plane with his new team mates to go on a grueling preseason camp in Dubai. Wasting no time, Karl threw himself into the rigors of AFL training and did not look back being named as an emergency for the senior side on a number of occasions as well as regularly being amongst the best players in the SANFL competition.
After a second preseason under his belt, Karl began to make an impression on the senior team playing 7 games in 2015. This foundation ultimately led to Karl enjoying his best season in 2016 which included playing 15 games on the wing where he used his pace to take on the game. This form continued into 2017 before missing over 6 weeks with a knee injury. However Karl quickly returned to the team in the last rounds of the season before the team lost the Elimination Final to West Coast. Karl was rewarded for his season with a 2 year contract extension.
Karl’s interest off the field includes Landscape Architecture which he has commenced studies in.