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Rookie selection No.8: Lachlan Filipovic

Matt Burgan  November 28, 2016 3:48 PM

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 11: Lachlan Filipovic of Sandringham Dragons runs during the TAC Cup 1st Semi Final match between Dandenong Stingrays and Sandringham Dragons at Ikon Park on September 11, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Rob Prezioso/AFL Media)

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 11: Lachlan Filipovic of Sandringham Dragons runs during the TAC Cup 1st Semi Final match between Dandenong Stingrays and Sandringham Dragons at Ikon Park on September 11, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Rob Prezioso/AFL Media)

Selection No.8: Lachlan Filipovic

A 200cm ruckman, Filipovic has only been playing football for two to three years, after coming from a basketball/soccer background. He is the son of Nick Filipovic, who was the captain of Melbourne Knights in soccer. Filipovic played for Sandringham Dragons/Vic Metro this year and was strong in the ruck contest. He also followed up with strong work around the ground. A strong tackler, he also has a good work rate. He is a smart kid who has made good progress in recent times.

What Melbourne national recruiting manager Jason Taylor says ...

“He’s a young ruckman from the Sandringham Dragons. He comes from a soccer/basketball background. He’s only really played 40-odd games of footy, but he’s showed some really rapid improvement throughout the year. He comes with good character and good attitude and our very own Maxy Gawn has done a fair bit of work with him throughout the year with the Sandringham Dragons and speaks highly of his improvement and his competitive nature. He fills a need and we went into the rookie draft looking at a needs basis and also players we think are capable of making the step. Our first selection was Lachlan as a ruck. It gives us some depth in that area.”