Rohan Bewick will start a new chapter in his WA family's football story when he makes his NAB Cup debut for Brisbane against St Kilda and Essendon at Etihad Stadium tomorrow night.
Bewick is the son of former West Perth high-flyer Corry and nephew of Essendon goalsneak Darren.
Lions national recruiting manager Graeme Hadley said the 21-year-old had the potential to push into a Brisbane team desperately searching for new stars.
"Darren was that true rover-cum-goal kicker and I don't think that's necessarily Rohan," Hadley said.
"I think wing to half-forward is tailor-made for him because of his running power and the fact that he's so competitive. I reckon he's ready to play as soon as called on, and his pre-season work has pleased the coaching staff.
"He's fitted in very well with the other recruits and the senior players alike and we're very confident he'll be a very good player. The great thing about Rohan is that he's got his own degree of confidence.
"He's no shrinking violet and I think that's another thing that will help him along the way."
Hadley is the father of 2003 Brisbane premiership player Richard, who has returned home to East Fremantle this season after three years at Carlton.
He has known Bewick's father since his high school days at Tuart Hill and said a stunning game by the youngster against Subiaco in round 17 of the WAFL last year clinched his move to Brisbane.
Playing alongside twin brother Shaun, Bewick had 32 possessions, 10 marks and kicked two goals.
Hadley said the left-footer had the potential to play a Luke Power-type role for Brisbane in the future, but also saw similarities to former East Perth player Phil Kelly, a dual Sandover medallist.
"Rohan has a slightly uncanny left-footed kicking style, which Phil did, and it's quite unique. Phil was also a pretty versatile player. He wasn't a monster but he could cut it in most parts of the ground."
Hadley said No.5 pick Jared Polec also looked capable of being an early debutant for the Lions, who play Fremantle at the Gabba in their season opener on March 26.
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