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Lions select Ballenden with Pick No. 43

Welcome to the Den: Connor Ballenden We've matched Fremantle's bid for Lions' Academy player Connor Ballenden at Pick No. 43. Welcome to the Den Connor!

Steve Conole, Recruiting Manager, says:

“Connor has been recognised as a highly decorated player during his under-15, under-16 and under-18 years. He’s a brute of a kid who’s gone all the way through our Academy program. Connor is still learning much of the game, but when he begins to get his motor up and fill out that big body he will be valuable in a number of roles for the Lions.”

With Pick No. 43 at the 2017 NAB AFL Draft, the Brisbane Lions have selected key forward Connor Ballenden after matching Fremantle's bid for him.

Ballenden’s size, marking ability and prowess around the goal was underlined at the 2017 NAB AFL Combine. The key forward won the kicking test, being the only prospect to kick a perfect score from six kicks.

Ballenden joined the Lions Academy at 12 years of age and is said to have one of the best kicks amongst the 2017 Draft pool, rarely wasting a shot on goal.

In 2017, Ballenden played alongside the Lions Premiership NEAFL team, kicking two goals in the Grand Final to help the Lions come away with a narrow three-point victory.

The 18-year-old is no stranger to the Club, having spent two weeks training with the Senior Lions squad during the summer as part of the AFL Academy program.

Connor Ballenden: 198cm, 95kg, 29/3/1999

  • Lions Academy
  • Key Forward
  • Only player to kick a perfect score in the kicking test at the NAB AFL Combine.
  • Part of the Lions NEAFL side's premiership victory in 2017

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