Claremont forward Tom Lee is one step closer to returning to the AFL after being invited to this year's State draft screening.
Lee, 21, has enjoyed a breakthough season at the Tigers, kicking 59 goals in the WAFL and attracting attention with a best-on-ground performance in his side's Foxtel Cup grand final victory.
Fellow West Australian forwards Mason Shaw (South Fremantle), Brant Colledge (Perth) and Marco Paparone (East Fremantle) have been invited to the National Draft combine at Etihad Stadium in October after representing their State in the Under-18 Championships this year.
Claremont's Jesse Hogan has also been invited to the combine, but is only eligible to join an AFL club as part of the GWS mini-draft for under age players.
Should Lee be picked up by an AFL club it would mean the rekindling of a dream which seemed over when he was delisted by Adelaide in 2009 after only a year on their list.
The forward trained with Fremantle before the 2011 draft but was overlooked on the day.
The WA draft combine takes place on October 14.
TALL FORWARD INTAKE
Western AustraliaBrant Colledge
“Hard working player who presents with multiple leading efforts and has strong hands in the contest. Uses the ball well by hand and foot and has overcome an ankle injury which restricted him to the last two matches in the NAB AFL Under-18 Championships. Been in excellent touch at Colts level of late, averaging 20.1 disposals and 8.4 marks in the past seven games.”Jesse Hogan
“Imposing tall forward/defender who takes contested marks and can really impact a game. Really competitive and intensive type who excelled for WA in the NAB AFL Under-18 Championships, averaging 6.4 marks and 13.6 disposals and winning All-Australian honours. Eligible for the min-draft in 2012 and current member of the AIS-AFL Academy.”Marco Paparone
“Tall forward with elite endurance (15+ beep) which allows him to keep presenting up forward or to play midfield which he did in the final game of the NAB AFL Under-18 Championships. Dangerous around goal and creative player who averaged 16 disposals, four marks and 1.5 goals per game for WA this year.”Mason Shaw
“Tall forward who is very strong overhead and has smarts around goals. Kicked seven goals in the WAFL in the NAB AFL Under-18 Grand Final in 2011. A reliable kick for goal from set shots as well as clever with his snap shots. Has excellent endurance for a tall with a beep score of 14 plus showing his potential to play across half forward. Kicked four goals for WA against Vic Country this year. AIS-AFL Academy graduate.”
“Hard working tall forward with strong hands, both on the lead or in a contested situation. Makes good decisions when in possession of the ball by either hand or foot, and applies great defensive pressure to the opposition when they have it. A very good reader of the play, he also has the ability to play at either end of the ground. Had a season high 18 disposals and 10 marks (five contested) Vs Dandenong in Round 16 of the TAC Cup.”Michael Close
“Mobile and strong marking tall forward who missed three games in the NAB AFL Under-18 Championships due to injury. Has elite endurance for his size (15 plus beep test) and excellent disposals by foot. He also has the ability to play as a backup ruckman.”Josh Scott
“A courageous tall forward with an excellent set of hands in the air. He has the ability to take it out in front on the lead or going back with the flight in a contested situation. An agile player that can also compete at ground level, his vision and game sense are very good. Played one game for Vic Country in the NAB AFL Under-18 Championships kicking two goals. Impacts the scoreboard regularly and this was highlighted in his season best haul of six goals in the opening round of the TAC Cup season vs the Geelong Falcons.”James Stewart
“Tall forward with outstanding agility for his size. Very poised with his disposal by hand or foot and can play at either end of the ground or through the midfield. Has good game sense and natural pace. Is eligible for father/son to Collingwood, where father Craig played. Represented Vic Metro in the NAB AFL Under-18 Championships with his best game vs TAS gaining 23 possessions including 15 contested and six marks. Graduate of the AIS-AFL Academy.”Jake Stringer
“Tall forward/defender who excels one-on-one with his marking and body positioning. His kicking is both penetrating and precise, whether forward or back, and he has good speed off the mark. Thrives on the contest and tackles strongly. Overcome serious leg injury last season to play some excellent football for Bendigo Pioneers this year and represent Vic Country in the NAB AFL Under-18 Championships. AIS-AFL Academy graduate.”Mason Wood
“Left footed tall forward who presents well on the lead and is strong overhead. Averaged 13 disposals for Vic Country this year in the NAB AFL Under-18 Championships with his best game against their arch rival, Vic Metro. Has elite endurance and work rate and is capable of playing as a wingman as well. Has clean hands, good vision and excellent awareness.”
TasmaniaMitchell Van Den Berg
Tall forward who is strong overhead and a reliable set shot for goal. Provided TAS with a mobile target up forward in the NAB AFL Under-18 Championships playing as a 19 year-old. Outstanding against Queensland in Tasmania’s upset win in Round Three with 20 possessions, 10 marks and two goals.”
South AustraliaTim O’Brien
“Tall, quick moving forward whose X-factor is his overhead marking. Averaged five marks and 2.2 goals per game in the NAB AFL Under-18 Championships and is a reliable set shot for goal. His six goals against Tasmania in Round One was a highlight.”
“Tall forward who is exceptionally strong overhead and a reliable shot for goal. Quick on the lead and reads the ball well in the air. Son of former Geelong Cats ruckman Damien Bourke and is eligible for them under the father/son rule or the Gold Coast Suns as a zone selection. Averaged 12.4 disposals and 4.2 marks for QLD in the NAB AFL Under-18 Championships showing his overall potential. AIS-AFL Academy graduate.”
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