After collecting 26 possessions and 6 tackles against a big-bodied Coburg side, it’s no wonder youngster Carter Michael is impressing his coaches.

At just 18-years old, the Hyundai Academy product models his game on veteran teammate Daniel Rich.

With a booming left foot, blonde locks and rebounding half back game style, Michael has impressed VFL Head Coach, Mitch Hahn with his work ethic and wants to grow.


“What’s really impressed me about Carter is his drive and determination to get better. He spends time investing in his game, looking at vision and vision of senior players so he can learn from what they do,” Hahn said.

“He’s spent a lot of time watching Daniel Rich, Grant Birchall and has Harris Andrews helping him in a mentor space.

“His biggest strength is his ability to read the play and get himself into good defensive and attacking positions.

“He has good speed and uses the ball really well. We’ve been really happy with his progression.”

The Maroochydore local also received praise from Head of Development, Scott Borlace who credited his game impact alongside Tom Berry, Keidean Coleman and Tom Fullarton.

“Carter’s averaging over 20 disposals and also had 11 intercept possessions on the weekend, which is a really great sign he’s reading the ball and looking to get involved offensively,” Borlace said.

“He’s a really diligent trainer. He’s always looking to improve on the track and the traits we like to see from players off-field he’s been great at.

“He’s always watching vision, he’s got all the right attributes and qualities that can hopefully set him up for a long and successful career here at the Brisbane Lions.”