Never in Jaspa Fletcher's wildest dreams did he imagine he would play in an AFL Grand Final in his first year in the game. 

Drafted with Pick #12 in the 2022 NAB AFL Draft, the Father-Son product oozed class in his junior years with his ability to hit targets cleanly paired with his impressive aerobic capacity.

But it wasn't smooth sailing when his name was read out on draft night.


A hampered pre-season as a result of stress fractures in his back led to a delayed start, with the 19-year-old made to bide his time through the VFL in the first half of the season.

As is the case for most youngsters, doubters questioned Fletcher's readiness when his debut was announced in Round 14 against Sydney, but those voices were swiftly quashed.

In front of a sold out Gabba crowd, Fletcher showed the promise that recruiters had seen in him.

13 disposals and an impressive goal on the run in his sides win over Sydney was all it took for 'Fletch' to become a crowd favourite.

The son of a gun earned himself a Rising Star nomination in Round 19 following a 19 touch, eight mark performance over Geelong, but it was his Qualifying Final performance against Port that really turned the competitions heads.

In his first AFL final and just his 12th appearance at the level, Fletcher was arguably best on ground with an incredible three goal, 16 touches and eight marks.

It's hard to believe that Jaspa will now head into just his second AFL season with three finals games under his belt and a maturity and calmness that is rare to find in players his age.

Alongside his housemate, Will Ashcroft and young larrikin, Darcy Wilmot, Lions fans should be excited about what's to come from the 'Cubs', and there's plenty working away behind the scenes, waiting for their chance.