An exciting young asset acquired by the Blues at pick 30 in the 2017 NAB AFL Draft, De Koning is the son of the former Bulldogs key position player Terry De Koning and has plenty of potential. Standing at 200 centimetres, De Koning is not only physically gifted in the air but excellent at ground level for his size. De Koning was a member of the AFL Academy and represented Vic Country in the NAB AFL Under 18 Championships. With the Dandenong Stingrays, De Koning played one of the most dominant games in the TAC Cup in 2016, booting nine goals against the Northern Knights. A versatile option as a Ruck or forward, he is an excellent modern prototype for AFL.