Mid-season Brisbane Lions recruit ready for the big time according to Claremont colts assistant coach
Claremont Football Club colts assistant coach Ashley Clancy believes new Brisbane Lions draftee Kalin Lane can have an immediate impact if he makes his AFL debut this season.
Clancy played for 31 games for Subiaco and South Fremantle in the WAFL and spent three years on the Fremantle Dockers’ list without playing a senior game.
He is now the head coach of the Tigers’ futures team and was Lane’s ruck and midfield coach in the colts last year.
Lane, who hails from Denmark-Walpole, was picked up by the Lions in last Wednesday’s mid-season rookie draft with selection 14, and Clancy believes Lane’s growth in the past two years has him ready for the top level.
“Being 200cm-plus certainly goes a long way to him being ready-made and I have confidence in him performing his role for the team if given the opportunity,” Clancy said.
“However for Kalin, while it would be unbelievable if he was able to play this year, his focus should be on growing his game as much as possible to cement his spot in the team in the next year or two.
“Kalin has a tonne of potential and the exciting part is, he is now in an AFL environment where he can make football his main focus and has access to all the resources that come along with an AFL club such as coaches, strength and conditioning, nutritionist etcetera.
“Then on top of that, he gets to challenge and learn from the high-quality players on a daily basis.
“All of this is going to accelerate his football journey.”
Lane stands at 205cm and last year played 11 colts matches for the Tigers, where Clancy saw significant improvement from when he came to Perth as a raw teenager from the Great Southern.
“Kalin’s football has grown so much over the last few years,” Clancy said.
“While he is still a raw young footballer, we have really started to see him climb his mountain to his true potential over the last few years.
“Kalin started to believe in his own abilities and he started to really see the impact he can have on games outside his ruck work through his follow-up work, contested marks around the ground and sneaking forward to kick goals.
“Going from colts last year to making his league debut at Claremont where he had nearly 30 hit outs and kicked a goal is a great effort.”
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