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Will Ashcroft nominated Brisbane Lions under father-son rule, draft rankings

Will Ashcroft, the eldest son of the triple premiership Lions and the best player in this year’s AFL draft pool according to many scouts, will join the Brisbane Lions next year.

The Lions on Thursday confirmed the club as father and son’s choice in this year’s national draft after officially selecting Brisbane as their preferred destination earlier in the day.

It means Brisbane now have the opportunity to match a rival club’s bid for Ashcroft, who is widely the No. 1 favorite for November’s draft.

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A mercenary said. “He can play AFL this week,” Ashcroft said.

Ashcroft’s father, Marcus Ashcroft, played 318 games for the Lions and was part of the club’s famous three-peat Premier League run from 2001 to 2003.

He trained with the Lions AFL list last summer and then played two games with the club’s VFL team in early May. He certainly starred for the Lions against Sydney and Coburg, averaging 28 disposals, eight tackles, six inside 50s and five clearances across the two matches.

Will Ashcroft of Vic Metro. Picture: Dylan BurnsSource: Getty Images

Ashcroft has impressed at all levels this year, including at the recent AFL Under-18 National Championships. He scored 2 goals and averaged 33.3 disposals, 15.0 contested possessions, 10.0 tackles, 6.7 tackles and 6.7 inside 50s in his three Vic Metro matches.

The 18-year-old is tipped to win this year’s Lark Medal – the award given to the best performer at the annual carnival – when it is awarded next month. Recent honorees include Stephen Coniglio, Lachie Whitfield, Dom Sheed, Jack Graham and Sam Walsh – the latter of whom, Ashcroft has been compared for his ability and leadership on the field as well as his professionalism off the field. .

“I can’t wait to join the club and start earning the respect of all the players and coaches,” said Will Ashcroft.

I was lucky enough to do some work with the midfielders last pre-season and I’m really excited to learn from them and get into that group and see what we can be.

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“It’s a privilege to follow my father and if I can achieve half of what he did I’ll be happy. I’m also looking forward to making a name for myself.”

“I want to say a big thank you to Leon Harris (Lions recruiter) for doing so much over the years to support me. And also thanks to my parents and brother and sister for everything they have done.

Lions head of football Danny Daly said it would be exciting to see Ashcroft follow in his father’s footsteps.

“Will is one of the most talented young players in the country and for him to choose the Brisbane Lions to start his AFL career is a huge moment for all involved,” Daly said.

Will Ashcroft of Sandringham Dragons. Picture: Morgan HancockSource: Getty Images

“He’s impressed at every level he’s played this year and, like our members, we can’t wait for him to make the leap to the Brisbane Lions.”

Complicating matters positively for the Lions is another father-and-son prospect in the first-round reckoning with Jaspa Fletcher – son of Adrian Fletcher, who played 231 games for four clubs, including 107 for Brisbane – up for the draft. boards following three strong carnival games for Alliance.

That means the Lions will likely spend much of this year’s trade period banking picks to match rival club bids on Ashcroft and possibly Fletcher. In the year As of July 26, the Lions hold picks 16, 34, 44 (via Port Adelaide) and 70 in the draft, but will need more picks in their arsenal to protect Ashcroft if he is named at pick 1.

Ashcroft’s main challenger for the Pick 1 mantle appears to be George Wardlaw – a powerful, competitive and aggressive inside-midfielder who will shape his game against Melbourne’s Clayton Oliver.

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