Wangaratta recruit Abraham Ankers is comparable with 2018 Morris medallist Brodie Filo, according to his Northern Territory club coach.
Ankers will link with the Pies once his commitments with Waratah in the Top End are completed.
The pacy midfielder starred in the club's 26-point elimination final win over Darwin Buffaloes last weekend, racking up 34 disposals - 14 more than his nearest rival - to bolt in best on ground.
The O and M hasn't seen a recent player with Filo's sublime skills, which saw him claim the top award and finish joint runner-up in two full seasons at Wodonga Raiders.
"They're both midfielders, but different players as well," Waratah coach Ryan Ayres said.
"I think Brodie probably has a little bit more class, but 'Abes', he finds the footy, wins the footy inside and he's got speed on the outside and a higher workrate.
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Brodie's probably has a little big more class, but 'Abes', he finds the footy, wins the footy inside and he's got speed on the outside and a higher workrate.- Waratah coach Ryan Ayres
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"He's up there with being the best (in the NT), obviously there's some very talented players, but he's definitely up there vying for top spot."