Junior Clubs: Terang Mortlake FC
Clubs: Brisbane Lions
Debut: Rd 1 2014
Recruited from: Geelong Falcons
He might be the Lions' shortest player at just 173cm, but what Lewis Taylor lacks in size, he more than makes up for in on-field ability. The former Geelong Falcon is a powerful, quick and skilful midfielder, who proved to be one of the steals of the 2013 AFL National Draft.
• Lewis Taylor was identified relatively early as one of the AFL's top draft prospects, following a stellar junior career which included selection in the AIS-AFL Academy squad and him being named Captain of the VIC Country side in the 2013 U18 National Championships.
• He elevated himself into high-end draft contention with a superb Championships, where he averaged 25 disposals while operating at 78 per cent disposal efficiency rate; an effort which saw him claim All Australian honours.
• Unfortunately a cracked bone in his foot prematurely ended his final season with TAC Cup side the Geelong Falcons.
• After being likened to North Melbourne superstar Brent 'Boomer' Harvey and having Talent Manager Michael Turner claim he was "as good as any player" to come through the Falcons system, a great deal of hype surrounded Taylor and he was expected to get picked up early in the first round - possibly even inside the top 10.
• As a likely round one selection, he was one of only a few prospects invited to attend the AFL National Draft on the Gold Coast, but proved one of the meeting's big sliders.
• The Lions couldn't believe their luck when Taylor was still available with their fourth selection (Pick No.28) overall, so had no hesitation in calling out his name. Although he might not have been part of their initial Draft plans, he was simply too good a player to pass up at Pick No.28.
|Kicks||10||Geelong Cats||Rd 2|
|Handballs||9||Geelong Cats||Rd 2|
|Disposals||19||Geelong Cats||Rd 2|
|Marks||4||Gold Coast Suns||Rd 3|
|Tackles||5||Port Adelaide||Rd 4|
|AFL Fantasy||69||Port Adelaide||Rd 4|
|1||Hawthorn||L 139 - 91||2||1||3||0||0||1||0||0||0||1||10|
|2||Geelong Cats||L 68 - 93||10||9||19||3||0||2||0||2||0||0||67|
|3||Gold Coast Suns||L 114 - 61||7||7||14||4||0||0||0||2||1||1||62|
|4||Port Adelaide||L 159 - 46||8||8||16||3||0||0||0||5||0||0||69|
|5||Richmond||L 63 - 106||4||7||11||0||0||0||1||2||1||1||38|
|17||West Coast Eagles||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|18||Gold Coast Suns||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|TOTAL||W: 0 - L: 5||31||32||63||10||0||3||1||11||2||3||246|
|Kicks||10||Geelong Cats||Rd 2, 2014|
|Handballs||9||Geelong Cats||Rd 2, 2014|
|Disposals||19||Geelong Cats||Rd 2, 2014|
|Marks||4||Gold Coast Suns||Rd 3, 2014|
|Tackles||5||Port Adelaide||Rd 4, 2014|
|Goals||1||Richmond||Rd 5, 2014|
|AFL Fantasy||69||Port Adelaide||Rd 4, 2014|
VIC Country U18 Representative
VIC Metro U18 Captain
AIS-AFL Academy Graduate