Connor McFadyen and Jonah Farry from Wilston Grange. Picture: Josh Woning
Connor McFadyen and Jonah Farry from Wilston Grange. Picture: Josh Woning

Which Queensland kids will live draft dream?

QUEENSLAND'S best and brightest should hold their own in the AFL's annual meat market.

There have never been more ways of getting on to an AFL list but there have never been more young footballers clambering for a shot at the big time.

Mark Browning, the AFL Academies Manager for Queensland, NSW and the ACT, says despite the competitive environment the state's top talent should still attract attention during the next two days.

"The landscape is certainly changing with the national draft, the rookie draft, the Category B rookies and international players as well as quite a few father-son selections and the NGAs (Next Generation Academies),'' Browning said.

"You are never totally sure about how you are going to go, but Queensland has some genuine chances.

"As long as they get on a list and get an opportunity, we are happy.''

Midfielder Connor McFadyen is Queensland's best prospect after the 190cm Wilston-Grange product starred for the Allies under-18 side. He played five games for Brisbane in the NEAFL last season, kicking six goals and averaging almost 10 possessions per game.

Broadbeach's Bailey Scott was Allies captain and is set to join North Melbourne under the father-son rule.

Browning said there had been some interest in Palm Beach-Currumbin's Dirk Koenen, whose older sister Breanna plays for the Lions AFLW side.

Koenen's other sisters Cara (Sunshine Coast Lightning premiership player) and Alyssa (Australian surf life saving team representative) are sporting stars in their own right.

Browning said Queensland already had a significant win in 2018 with Brisbane signing ex-Bullets basketballer and junior football star Tom Fullarton to a Category B contract.

 

TOP QUEENSLAND PROSPECTS

Connor McFadyen (midfielder) Wilston Grange/Lions Academy

Bailey Scott (midfielder) Broadbeach/Suns Academy

Keidean Coleman (defender) Morningside/Lions Academy

Dirk Koenen (defender) Palm Beach-Currumbin/Suns Academy

Caleb Graham (defender) Palm Beach-Currumbin/Suns Academy

NEAFL prospects:

Josh Clayton (Southport)

Matt Hammelmann (Redland)

Will Gowers (Aspley)