Archer Reid

DOB: 19/09/05

Height: 203cm

Weight: 94kg

Position: Forward-ruck

Recruited from: Inverloch-Kongwak/Gippsland Power

The younger brother of Essendon defender Zach is a mobile tall forward who is renowned for his outstanding overhead marking, natural goal sense and clean hands below his knees for a 203cm big man. Reid averaged 13.5 disposals, five marks and kicked 16 goals in his 11 Coates Talent League matches for Gippsland and played in all four under-18s championships games for Vic Country, kicking two goals against Vic Metro. He was ranked among the standout tall prospects heading into the 2023 season after an excellent bottom-aged year, and showed development with good follow-up work after improving his ruck craft in combination with his natural forward ability this year. Reid kicked 11 goals across three Coates Talent League matches during the season and his one-grab marking is a feature of his game. The strapping youngster becomes the equal-tallest player on the Eagles’ list alongside 2022 draftee Harry Barnett heading into the 2024 campaign.