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How are the new Draftees tracking?

Ely Smith  - Brisbane Lions,Ely Smith
Ely Smith

With less than a month until the JLT Community Series kicks off, last year's draftees have had ample time to make their first impressions at their new clubs. Here AFL Media's Michael Whiting casts his eye over every new draftee and assesses who's most likely to have an early impact.

Most of the Lions' draftees came to the Club under injury clouds and have spent much of their first two months in rehab.

First-round pick Ely Smith has been the exception, training strongly and showing improvement against more mature midfielders in match simulation.

Academy product Connor McFadyen is in a moon boot and recovering from foot surgery, while Tom Berry (knee) and Tom Joyce (hips) are on modified programs.

Half-back Noah Answerth has contracted glandular fever.

Of the rookies Ryan Bastinac is doing everything he can to impress, finishing in the top five in the 3km time trial and playing on the 'best' team in match practice, while Oscar McInerney has continued his improvement from 2018.

Basketball convert Tom Fullarton has shown he has a future in the game with his strong hands and good mobility in the forward 50. 


The standout?
For the sheer surprise element, it's Fullarton. After leaving behind his promising basketball career seven months ago, the rangy forward has looked right at home.

On track for round one?
Oscar McInerney

The views in this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of the AFL or its clubs