The Hyundai Help for Kids Academy has produced another Lion with Sunshine Coaster Carter Michael to join the Club for 2021.
The Lions selected the Maroochydore product as an Academy pre-selection in today's 2020 NAB AFL Rookie Draft.
Lions fans have become accustomed to a surfie unloading a lethal left foot from half back and the 18-year-old certainly shares more than just the blonde locks with veteran Daniel Rich.
His booming left foot is considered one of the most penetrating in the draft.
He averaged 18 disposals in the Academy series against the Gold Coast Suns this year and was prominent for Maroochydore in their march to the QAFL finals.
At 188cm and 78kgs Michael is a hybrid defender but the academy coaches see potential for a role as an outside midfielder where his penetrating kick can become an offensive weapon.
National Recruiting Manager Stephen Conole said the Lions were excited that Michael would be able to continue his development at the Club.
“Carter possesses really good pace and a penetrating kick, which has allowed him to have some high-end impact throughout games,’’ he said.
“He has predominately played around the square, however some of his contest work was really encouraging in his QAFL football this year, and we see him being able to also play for periods in and around the contest as he gets stronger.’’