I think its one of the biggest misconceptions in footy.What happened to Balta after a few good games in AFL? Don't think he dominated the VFL. Did he play like he'd made it and stopped working hard enough?
That a footballer dominates at the level below.
I watch an absolute shitload of footy at all levels, and have come to learn that the performance across levels should not be extrapolated in a linear fashion.
I think most recruiters know this.