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Young Demon likened to Hawks champion


Melbourne youngster Kysaiah Pickett will look to build on a promising debut season that saw him boot seven goals in 14 games.

Pickett was selected by the Demons with pick No.13 in the 2019 draft and looks to be an exciting prospect, endearing himself to Dees fans with his speed and manic tackling pressure inside 50.

The 19-year-old small forward will look to follow in the footsteps of his uncle Byron Pickett – a Port Adelaide premiership player and Norm Smith Medallist in the 2004 Grand Final.

Speaking on SEN Drive, former Demon and Hawthorn champion Jordan Lewis likened Pickett to a Hawks premiership teammate.

“There’s some players that are standing out, most notably their young drafted kids in Luke Jackson and Kozzie Pickett,” Lewis said.

“I’m always wary to compare young players, I don’t necessarily jump the gun, but what I’ve seen with Kozzie Pickett reminds me of a player that I’ve played a lot of footy with.

“One C.Rioli. He’s tearing the training track apart to be honest.

“He’s doing stuff up the field that I haven’t seen since Rioli.”

Melbourne will fine tune their preparations for the 2021 season with two pre-season matches against Fremantle on February 26 and North Melbourne on March 7.

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