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Lions impressed by father-son prospect after record-breaking game


Brisbane CEO Greg Swann is hopeful Will Ashcroft will nominate to join the club as a father-son selection.

Ashcroft, the son of 318-game Lions champion Marcus, put his name up in lights with a dominant 51-disposal outing for the Sandringham Dragons last Sunday.

The 18-year-old midfielder, the potential No.1 pick in this year’s National Draft, is yet to declare if he’ll nominate to join Brisbane as a father-son or make himself available to all 18 clubs.

Swann says the Lions will do all they can to ensure Ashcroft follows in his father’s footsteps.

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“I hope he does (nominate the Lions). We’d like him to,” the Lions chief told Sportsday.

“He played for our VFL team for two weeks in the last school holidays and he acquitted himself really well there.

“Last year he did the pre-season training, and he wasn’t by any stretch out of his depth.

“He’s a very good player and we’re working hard and hopefully he nominates to come.

“If he does, we’ll have to scramble and get some points because I think he’s going to be a high pick.

“We’ll find a way.”

Ashcroft will represent Vic Metro in the Under 18 National Championships starting on June 25.

Ashcroft’s younger brother Levi is also impressing for the Dragons, collecting 20 disposals and a goal in his NAB League debut last weekend.

Levi Ashcroft, 15, could join Brisbane as a father-son in 2024.

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