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Josie Fielding  November 24, 2017 7:00 PM

Welcome to the Den: Cam Rayner Welcome to our Number 1 Draft pick in the 2017 AFL Draft, Cam Rayner.

Steve Conole, Recruiting Manager, says:

“Cam’s an explosive, powerful, half forward that can play some midfield. He’s been touted as a No. 1, really since his U16's, he’s always been a highly regarded player. He’s still a player that’s developing his midfield craft but he’ll start forward of the ball and he’ll end up being a forward that can roll through the midfield. He’s an exciting player.”

The Brisbane Lions have selected explosive midfielder Cameron Rayner with Pick No.1 at the 2017 NAB AFL Draft.

Rayner is an exciting, powerful midfielder, who has the ability to open up games with his pace, strength and agility at stoppages. He’s tough and can kick on both feet.

Rayner shone at the NAB AFL U18 Championships for Vic Metro this year, averaging 18.5 disposals and three goals a game. He was rewarded by being named in the under 18 All-Australian team.

But it was in April at the MCG where he was first earmarked as a No. 1 prospect. Rayner starred in the NAB AFL Academy’s 20th-anniversary match. He kicked three goals and had 23 disposals, all while carrying a serious foot injury, after falling down stairs days out from the game.

The 187cm played his U18 football with the Western Jets. Before that, he earned the nickname “Hollywood” at Hillside junior football club for his goalkicking flair. He also won six best and fairest awards during his time there. 

Rayner says he’s inherited his extremely competitive spirit from Mum Nicole, with the pair often going head-to-head in Connect 4 battles at home.

Welcome to the den, Cam Rayner! 

Cam Rayner: 187cm, 87kg

  • Forward/Midfielder
  • Western Jets/Vic Metro 
  • Explosive and powerful forward/midfielder with the ability to change games