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AFL Draft Preview - Five players that could be the next superstars of the game

Adam Cusworth in News 21 Nov 2018
  • Who are our tips to be the next big guns to take the AFL competition by storm?

The 2018 AFL Draft will be held over a two day period on Thursday November 22 and Friday November 23. 

Here is our guide for to the top five players that could be the next superstars of the game. 

Sam Walsh- Top 3 candidate

Sam Walsh comes from the footy factory that is the Geelong Falcons and produced a couple of exceptional seasons in the TAC Cup, while he was also the standout performer in the Under 18 Championships. He averaged 29 disposals across the two years and it would be no surprise to see him picked up by Carlton, who hold pick one this season. 

Izak Rankine- Top 3 candidate

The West Adelaide product is a highlight machine and has delivered a number of eye catching performances, most notably in the finals of the Under 18 Championships, booting three goals. He was ranked the best player in both 2017 and 2018. The midfielder can swing forward and should be a readymade player, given that he has senior experience in the SANFL. Gold Coast have picks two and three and are set to swoop. 

Jack Lukosius- Top 3 candidate

Another to hail from South Australia, Lukosius is regarded as the most exciting forward in a long time. The versatile 194cm key player from Woodville-West Torrens may also have a bit of upside as he adds to his 86kg frame and has a great skillset with lethal marking complementing his silky kicking skills. 

Tarryn Thomas- Academy Prospect

North Melbourne's academy graduate, Tarryn Thomas shapes as an exciting playmaker, drawing comparisons to some of the star indigenous players that have been prominent in recent years, including Shaun Burgoyne from Hawthorn. A pure footballer, Thomas is regarded as one that has footy nous and when he gets his hands on the footy something creative will happen. 

Rhylee West- Father-Son Prospect

The son of Scott West is likely to end up at the same club that his father played for, the Western Bulldogs and looks to be a 15 year player in the making. Like his old man, West finds a lot of the football and is quick and agile around the ground. He is one of the best father-son selections available and should be snapped up inside the top 20 which will force the Dogs to bid on the former Calder Cannons midfielder. 


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