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Sheehan profiles Lions and Bombers father-son prospects


Father-son prospects Will Ashcroft and Alwyn Davey Jnr are out to impress when they represent Vic Metro in the Under 17 Championships.

The Lions have priority access to Ashcroft in the 2022 draft after his father Marcus – a 318-game Brisbane great – relinquished his role as Gold Coast football manager to join the AFL's talent department in 2018.

Ashcroft was once eligible to join the Suns as an Academy selection having lived in the club’s zone, before relocating to Victoria.

AFL Talent Ambassador Kevin Sheehan profiled the promising midfielder who has represented Victoria and Queensland at youth level.

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“He played as a bottom-ager in the Under 15 School Boys for Queensland – and he was their best player. He made All-Australian that year,” Sheehan told SEN’s Bob and Andy.

“Marcus moved down to Victoria and ended up working with us at the AFL and young Will played for Victoria at two championships at underage level, and he looked to be one of the best boys in Australia.

“He’s been at Brighton Grammar this year, he’s played in the Under 17 trials for Sandy (Dragons), and we’re looking forward to seeing him step out.

“I’ve seen him once this year and he’s very, very good.

“Coming through the midfield he’s quick, weaves through the traffic, and he’s got a thumping long kick. He’s around the 6-foot mark. I’m sure that young Will is going to end up in AFL ranks fairly quickly.”

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Alwyn Davey Jnr, the son of former Bombers small forward Alwyn, was also named in Vic Metro’s 30-player squad.

“Alwyn Davey, the son of Alwyn, he’s a boy down here in Melbourne, but he’s actually eligible to play for the NT with mum and dad from up that way,” Sheehan said.

“He’ll appear, whether it’s for the Vic Metro or the NT in these championships and he’s got the attributes of dad as well with that speed, that step through traffic and that goal sense.”

Vic Metro take on Vic Country in the opening match of the Under 17 Championships at GMHBA Stadium on Saturday morning.

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