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Isn't it officially McGuinnesss ?

He is to key defence what Josh Kelly is to captaincy.

Just so damn good at it it would blow apart of the fabric of the universe to actually use him in that capacity. Even with no capable key defender currently in the side.

He's the bottle of finest plonk you keep for special occasions where no occasion is ever special enough.
 

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Will potential No. 1 pick choose the open market over family ties?​


Brisbane has been given no indication on whether father-son prospect Will Ashcroft will nominate for Lions in this year’s draft as the potential No. 1 pick continues to weigh up his options.

Ashcroft said on Wednesday that he was still yet to make a decision on where his future would lie.

Brisbane remains hopeful but far from confident that the Sandringham Dragons midfielder will choose to nominate for the club where his father Marcus won three premierships.

The 18-year-old grew up in Queensland but moved to Melbourne with his family at the start of 2018 and has begun a business and sports management course at Deakin University this year.

Likened to Carlton’s Sam Walsh, Ashcroft has starred as a 23rd man for the Lions’ VFL team in recent weeks and will get another chance to test himself at a higher level when he lines up for the NAB AFL Academy squad in their exhibition match against Collingwood’s VFL team on Saturday.

Academy coach Tarkyn Lockyer labelled Ashcroft a “true professional” who had no shortage of talent.

“His preparation, his diligence and his want to be as good as he can be and get the most out of his God given talent if first-rate,” Lockyer said.

“He’s really driven so he’ll see this game as a real opportunity to benchmark himself against not just the opposition that we’re going to play, but also to see where he where he fits with his peers as well.”

Recruiters still view Ashcroft as a top-three pick in this year’s draft, alongside Oakleigh Chargers pair Elijah Tsatas and George Wardlaw who will also feature as part of the AFL Academy team in the clash at Frankston this weekend.

“Elijah is winning it in the midfield, he’s got great speed. So he’s got some really high end AFL attributes,” Lockyer said.

“George is a real contested beast, inside midfielder. He’s a really strong and powerful athlete.”

Another Brisbane father-son prospect, Jaspa Fletcher, will also feature for the AFL Academy, along with exciting Essendon father-son prospect Alwyn Davey Jnr.

Fletcher is the son of former Brisbane Bears and Brisbane Lions player Adrian Fletcher, with Davey being the son of former Bombers small forward Alwyn Davey.

IS CADMAN THE NEXT CAMERON?

A KEY forward who has been likened to Geelong star Jeremy Cameron has been making waves in recruiting circles and is shaping as a potential draft bolter later this year.

Aaron Cadman was added to the NAB AFL Academy squad earlier this month and is set to play in Saturday’s exhibition match against Collingwood’s VFL side.
A hardworking lead-up forward, Cadman measured 193.7cm in March but is still growing and developing his game.

The 18-year-old has averaged 14.5 disposals, 5.5 marks, 8.5 score involvements and 2 goals from four NAB League games for the Greater Western Victoria Rebels this season.

“He’s got great running capabilities, he’s got good speed, he marks the ball at its highest point and he’s a raking left-foot kick,” Rebels coach David Loader said.

“He has got some similarities to a young Jeremy Cameron, who we had the pleasure of working with.

“I think he’s going to keep climbing up through the charts as the year goes on. I’m sitting back waiting for the day that he grabs hold of a game and kicks half a dozen goals and people say, ‘Wow, we’ve got something special here’.”

AFL club recruiters said they could also see the Cameron comparisons and added that Cadman was a “good country kid” who “has the frame and the physique that you can see really filling out well”.
 

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Another Brisbane father-son prospect, Jaspa Fletcher, will also feature for the AFL Academy, along with exciting Essendon father-son prospect Alwyn Davey Jnr.

Fletcher is the son of former Brisbane Bears and Brisbane Lions player Adrian Fletcher, with Davey being the son of former Bombers small forward Alwyn Davey .
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Will potential No. 1 pick choose the open market over family ties?​


Brisbane has been given no indication on whether father-son prospect Will Ashcroft will nominate for Lions in this year’s draft as the potential No. 1 pick continues to weigh up his options.

Ashcroft said on Wednesday that he was still yet to make a decision on where his future would lie.

Brisbane remains hopeful but far from confident that the Sandringham Dragons midfielder will choose to nominate for the club where his father Marcus won three premierships.

The 18-year-old grew up in Queensland but moved to Melbourne with his family at the start of 2018 and has begun a business and sports management course at Deakin University this year.

Likened to Carlton’s Sam Walsh, Ashcroft has starred as a 23rd man for the Lions’ VFL team in recent weeks and will get another chance to test himself at a higher level when he lines up for the NAB AFL Academy squad in their exhibition match against Collingwood’s VFL team on Saturday.

Academy coach Tarkyn Lockyer labelled Ashcroft a “true professional” who had no shortage of talent.

“His preparation, his diligence and his want to be as good as he can be and get the most out of his God given talent if first-rate,” Lockyer said.

“He’s really driven so he’ll see this game as a real opportunity to benchmark himself against not just the opposition that we’re going to play, but also to see where he where he fits with his peers as well.”

Recruiters still view Ashcroft as a top-three pick in this year’s draft, alongside Oakleigh Chargers pair Elijah Tsatas and George Wardlaw who will also feature as part of the AFL Academy team in the clash at Frankston this weekend.

“Elijah is winning it in the midfield, he’s got great speed. So he’s got some really high end AFL attributes,” Lockyer said.

“George is a real contested beast, inside midfielder. He’s a really strong and powerful athlete.”

Another Brisbane father-son prospect, Jaspa Fletcher, will also feature for the AFL Academy, along with exciting Essendon father-son prospect Alwyn Davey Jnr.

Fletcher is the son of former Brisbane Bears and Brisbane Lions player Adrian Fletcher, with Davey being the son of former Bombers small forward Alwyn Davey.

IS CADMAN THE NEXT CAMERON?

A KEY forward who has been likened to Geelong star Jeremy Cameron has been making waves in recruiting circles and is shaping as a potential draft bolter later this year.

Aaron Cadman was added to the NAB AFL Academy squad earlier this month and is set to play in Saturday’s exhibition match against Collingwood’s VFL side.
A hardworking lead-up forward, Cadman measured 193.7cm in March but is still growing and developing his game.

The 18-year-old has averaged 14.5 disposals, 5.5 marks, 8.5 score involvements and 2 goals from four NAB League games for the Greater Western Victoria Rebels this season.

“He’s got great running capabilities, he’s got good speed, he marks the ball at its highest point and he’s a raking left-foot kick,” Rebels coach David Loader said.

“He has got some similarities to a young Jeremy Cameron, who we had the pleasure of working with.

“I think he’s going to keep climbing up through the charts as the year goes on. I’m sitting back waiting for the day that he grabs hold of a game and kicks half a dozen goals and people say, ‘Wow, we’ve got something special here’.”

AFL club recruiters said they could also see the Cameron comparisons and added that Cadman was a “good country kid” who “has the frame and the physique that you can see really filling out well”.
Jaspa Fletcher. When you want your kid to sound like a money-management app started by two 40 year old dudes in sleeveless Kathmandu puffer jackets.
 

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It should be no surprise then that when asked which top-level players he tries to mould his game on, Busslinger turns to the Cats.


"Tom Stewart has been a big one for me. Just his ability to intercept and play as freely as he does is something I watch but also Darcy Moore and his versatility," Busslinger said.


"He's an intercept defender and is really attacking so he's probably another one I look at a fair bit."


The East Perth product has shot up draft boards with his start to the season at colts level in Western Australia, averaging 24 disposals and eight marks in the opening month of the season. At 197cm Busslinger has shown he can peel off and help his fellow defenders and he uses the ball well when it is in his hands.


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The experience with Selwood has opened Busslinger's eyes to a potential move out of Western Australia at November's draft – "That's no issue for me," he said – and is still reaping the rewards. The $5000 prize he won as Auskicker of the Year is finally about to be spent.

 
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Offer Simon Darymple (Swans recruiter) every cent we have.
Easiest job in the comp when you have guys like Blakey, Henry, Mills, Campbell and Gulden in your academy.

They have fluffed a fair few picks (like any club) on kids like Stephens, Ling ect). Where they seem to do well is their mid to later picks. Warner, McInerney, Lloyd, Rampe, Wicks ect
 

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Lemmy being compared to Thilthorpe at this stage draws my attention at this early stage. Thilthorpe was number 1 on our list, and is exactly what we need.

This all depends on what happens in the MSD and the rest of the u18 year.
 

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Ashcroft in everything early on. Already had 5 or 6 disposals and a couple of clearances.

Sheezel and D’Alioa showing show real class early with some elite decision making and execution. Cadman and Jefferson have had shots on goal.
 

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Scully’s movement and natural forward craft looks good. Should’ve been paid a contested mark then but touched off the boot.
 

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