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How Brisbane son of a gun could land at Essendon


Brisbane could lose a father-son prospect to Essendon via their Next Generation Academy in this year's AFL Draft.

Lachlan Johnson is eligible for father-son selection at the Lions, but he's also an Indigenous Next Generation Academy member at the Bombers having lived in Westmeadows for six years.

He is the son of triple premiership player Chris Johnson who played 264 games for both Fitzroy and Brisbane.

AFL Talent Manager Kevin Sheehan explained how the Brisbane son of a gun could end up at Tullamarine.

“There are parts of Australia, which includes all of Victoria, that are zoned to the AFL clubs for Indigenous and multicultural players,” Sheehan told SEN’s KB and The Doc.

“It’s just Victoria and most of the outback of the Northern Territory. It’s areas where they aren’t overrepresented on AFL lists at the moment and they’ve been divided for all the clubs.

“It’s a bidding process as well like the father-son.

“That’s why young Lachie Johnson, an Indigenous boy living in Melbourne, is part of the Essendon zone, so he’s got the option between Essendon or the father-son.”

AFL Hall of Famer Terry Wallace fears the Lions could miss out on the teenager.

“Brisbane would be nervous about that,” Wallace said.

Listen to Kevin Sheehan’s chat on SEN’s KB and The Doc in the player below

Brisbane Lions Kevin Sheehan KB and the Doc

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