Rookie Kalin Lane (2021-)

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Kalin Lane will be given his first shot at Senior footy after being selected by the Brisbane Lions in this year’s NAB AFL Mid-Season Rookie Draft.

After developing quickly at Colts level in 2020, the 204cm tall 19-year-old has already put his promise on display playing Senior football at Claremont.

After the Lions found recent success with previous West Australian signings Jaxon Prior and Deven Robertson, it’s no surprise they have gone back to the region.

Lane came from WA’s Great Southern region before heading to the city to develop his game in the WAFL.

Lions’ Recruiting Manager, Stephen Conole, said Lane was a natural footballer who had the potential to develop into a quality player under the guidance of Lions’ development coaches.

“Kalin played a handful of Colts games last year and has shown promising growth with his ruck craft and game IQ since moving into the Senior program at the Tigers,” Conole said.

“He’ll add to our existing list of promising young talls nicely, and will no doubt develop a great deal at our club.”



Denmark-Walpole ruckman Kalin Lane has been drafted to the AFL, picked up by the Brisbane Lions in this afternoon’s mid-season rookie draft.

Hailing from Walpole, the 204cm ruckman has been playing senior football with Claremont in the WAFL this season before being snapped up by the Lions with pick 14.

The 19-year-old missed out on selection in last year’s national draft but used that disappointment as motivation to take his game to another level.



After being overlooked in last week’s AFL national draft, Denmark-Walpole product Kalin Lane says he will use the disappointment as motivation to get better.

Eleven WA players were picked up in the national and rookie drafts last week, but Lane’s name was not called out by an AFL club.

With smaller list sizes, fewer players than usual were selected across the two drafts, making it tough for project players like Lane to get an opportunity.

Lane said he knew heading into the draft that getting picked up was going to be tough.

“I was always trying to not get my hopes up because you don’t know what can happen, so you prepare yourself for the worst,” he said.

“With the smaller lists it didn’t surprise me, there was a lot of great quality players that missed out.

“You just have to keep your head up and use it as motivation to get better next year.”





 

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Are all mid season picks classified as rookies or just certain ones such as Lane?

I thought he was on the senior list proper.
 

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Are all mid season picks classified as rookies or just certain ones such as Lane?

I thought he was on the senior list proper.
I tried to find concrete detail on the rules but most of the stuff is pretty vague.

Ultimately I'm going off the fact that it's called the "midseason rookie draft".

It doesn't matter too much whether he's on the senior list or rookie list until next year, because these guys would be Cat A rookies (if they are) and hence able to play straight away.
 

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VFL Team: Kalin in the fast Lane

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Kalin Lane will make his Lions debut against VFL ladder leaders Southport at Fankhauser Reserve on Saturday.

The 19-year-old only arrived at the Club on Monday after being selected in the NAB AFL Mid-Season Rookie draft.

He has been pitched straight into a young and inexperienced Lions outfit that has just lost AFL experience in the form of Rhys Mathieson, James Madden and Tom Fullarton who have traveled with the senior team to Hobart.

Hahn said it had been a whirlwind few days for West Australian Lane and the only instruction he had given the 204cm ruckman was to enjoy the experience.

“We just expect him to go out there and play his game, we want him to enjoy himself in his first game for the Brisbane Lions,’’ he said.

“We aren’t going to load him up on information, we are happy for him to get to know his teammates and get a feel for how we play.

“There’s no expectations on him other than to enjoy himself in his Lions debut and give it his best shot.’’
 

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Denmark-Walpole’s Kalin Lane impress in first official outing for Brisbane Lions

The Great Southern’s latest AFL draftee Kalin Lane impressed in his VFL debut for the Brisbane Lions on Saturday.

Lane was selected in the mid-season draft by the Lions a fortnight ago, moved to Queensland last week and had his first training session with teammates last Monday.

He played a key role for his new side despite the Lions getting thrashed by 107 points at the hands of the Southport Sharks.

The 205cm Denmark-Walpole product split his time playing as a deep forward and in the ruck.

Lane kicked one goal from 13 disposals while taking four marks, laid three tackles and had 13 hit-outs.
 

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Young tall Kalin Lane was also impressive with 16 hit-outs, 5 marks and 15 touches as he continues to build his game, much to the delight of his coaches.

“Kalin’s professionalism and his preparation has been first class and it’s reflected in his improved performances.” Borlace said.

“He’s understanding what it takes to play professional and consistent football. To take 3 contested marks as well, that’s really exciting.”
 

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Hahn also said young tall, Kalin Lane has been impressing.

“Kalin’s been fantastic.

“He was our number one ruck on the weekend and had massive responsibility but his aggression and follow up work was really pleasing.

“He’s really been working really hard and is improving every week.
 

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The Brisbane Lions have gone ‘all in’ on young talent in a re-signing bonanza, with Henry Smith, Jimmy Tunstill, Darcy Wilmot and Kalin Lane all inking new deals.

Smith and Lane have both extended to remain at the Lions until the end of 2024.

Since coming on board at the Lions in last year’s mid-season draft, 20-year-old Lane has impressed in the VFL with his consistent growth and development in the ruck.

“I’ve worked pretty hard over the last few months starting back in pre-season, so to get the reward and know that the team backs me in for another two years is really exciting,” Lane said.

“The first impression coming into the Club, you can just tell that we breed success here with the standards and accountability and it’s something that you want to be a part of.

“It makes it really exciting to know that you have a future here.”
 

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Kalin Lane has been another consistent improver this season for the Lions VFL side.

Working in with the midfield group, Lane has built on his game in the ruck each week to become a key component of the Lions’ engine room.

His rapid development and growth across the past season is something that Hahn credits to Lane’s shift in his preparation.

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“Kalin really made this shift and adjustment towards becoming more of a professional in his preparation and that’s reflected in his performance so far this season,”

“We’ve seen him use and apply that preparation to his game and he’s bringing this fantastic energy to the group.

“But what has really impressed us is his ability to follow up, so he might be in the ruck contest but what’s he doing next. We’re looking forward to seeing how he continues to develop that and have more of an impact throughout the rest of the season.”
 

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