The Dandenong Stingrays young gun who is a "bulletproof" draft choice

SEN - Fri, 25th Oct 2019 - 0 Comments

Dandenong Stingrays talent manager Darren Flanigan has identified one player who he feels will be a "bulletproof" choice at this year's AFL draft.

Hayden Young, the brother of six-game Western Bulldogs defender Lachie, is being tipped by some draft experts to go as high as number three behind likely top two Matt Rowell and Noah Anderson.

According to Flanigan, the 2019 Stingrays captain will be an extremely clever choice for whichever AFL club opts to select him.

“His consistency was really strong through the NAB League and through the U18 Nationals," Flanigan told SEN's Time On.

“He played mainly through half-back and then in the second half of the year, we knew he was an A-grade half-back so we chucked him wing, inside mid, forward and his stats only increased. His ability to work out stoppages, to win his own footy inside but also get on the outside and finish with a few goals.

“It just indicates he’s pretty bulletproof when it comes to an AFL club picking him up. He’s extremely well prepared, he’s a real professional, he was the leader of our group by a fair way and just set really high standards across the group.

“He’s a wonderful player and whoever gets him is going to get a 200-gamer.”

However, Flanigan did err on the side of caution when asked if Young could make an immediate impact at AFL level.

“Physically? No problem. Footy smarts? No problem. Skills? No problem,” he added.

“But he’s an 18-year-old kid. He’s finally going to have to tough it out against men for the first time but I think he’s such an adaptable and smart player that he’ll be fine.”

Listen to Thursday’s edition of Time On below:

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