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Three key forwards touted as likely top-10 draft prospects


AFL Talent Ambassador Kevin Sheehan has tipped three key forwards to go inside the top-10 at this year’s National Draft.

One of those forwards is Oakleigh Chargers prospect Jamarra Ugle-Hagan who is tied to the Western Bulldogs through the Next Generation Academy.

Despite being touted as the No.1 pick, Ugle-Hagan is expected to join the Bulldogs who have priority access to the 194cm talent.

“There will be three (key forwards) in the first five or six,” Sheehan told SEN’s Dwayne’s World.

“But one is locked away, it’s a case of when the bid will come. We’re talking about the much-publicised Jamarra Ugle-Hagan.

“He’s a left footer, has the traits of a Buddy (Lance Franklin), he’s Indigenous but he’s a tall forward of about Buddy’s size and he does move like him.

“He’s been a star in his 16th and 17th year. He’s a Victorian boy from South Warrnambool, plays at the Oakleigh Chargers and kicked 11 goals in the finals series last year.”

Sheehan also expects Riley Thilthorpe and Luke McDonald to go early in the first-round with the latter drawing comparisons to St Kilda champion Nick Riewoldt.

“The two other boys are Riley Thilthorpe; 201cm, is over 100kg and he’s played all year at West Adelaide and has been a star emerging now for a couple of years since he made All-Australian at the under 16s,” Sheehan said.

“He is right there as well with Logan McDonald.

“He’s likened to a Nick Riewoldt with his running patterns. He’s a boy of 196cm, had a terrific first year in the WAFL competition, plays at Perth and kicked over 20 goals.

“He can run like Nick in terms of his endurance, he presents like him, he’s a boy that really came onto our radar at the under 16s – he kicked six against Vic Metro, that’s making a statement straight away.”

The 2020 National Draft commences on Monday December 7.

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