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Player Review: Harris Andrews

Josie Fielding  September 21, 2017 3:54 PM

Player Review: Harris Andrews Harris Andrews never missed a game this year and played on some of the best forwards in the game.

For many Brisbane Lions supporters it’s hard to comprehend that defender Harris Andrews is only 20 years of age. Andrews plays with a maturity and poise well beyond his years.

For most of the 2017 season he was tasked with defending the top forwards in the competition and stepped up to each challenge.

Andrews is never flustered against high-profile opposition and is becoming stronger each season in one-on-one contests. He is a reliable teammate and played all 22 games in 2017.

The Brisbane native proves the depth of the talent pool that exists in Queensland.

Statistics:

  • Games: 22
  • Disposals per game: 13.0
  • Tackles per game: 1.0
  • Marks per game: 6.3
  • Kicks per game: 7.7
  • Total goals: 2

 Highlights:

Coach’s Comment – Murray Davis, Backline Coach:  

Harris continues to grow as an elite young defender. This season he built his game through his ability to intercept mark and spoil along with his contested marking. Harris averaged just over four 1v1 contests per game & he was able to win or draw 3 of these 4 contests per game. Despite only being 20 years of age & 58 games into his career he showed real maturity in his leadership and football intellect.

In their own words:

“I am not the quickest bloke going around but we have been able to combat that, I work on cutting angles where I can."

“It is pretty important to be able to intercept the ball and start the offensive chain, I’d like to increase that number.

“I can clearly see the way the Club is going, and it really excites me for the long-term future.

“I think we all recognise it is a journey, and Fages (Chris Fagan) and the coaching staff have done a good job to emphasise that it doesn’t just happen.

“But the fact we are still enjoying the game and coming to work is a real positive.’’

- Andrews speaking to the Courier Mail in June, 2017, after signing a new contract that will keep him at the Lions until 2021.

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