Inspired by the feats of his brother Keidean, Blake Coleman hopes to make it an AFL family affair next year after being drafted by the Brisbane Lions.
Picked at No 24 in Wednesday’s national draft, 18-year-old Blake is already dreaming about playing alongside elder brother Keidean, 20, who debuted for the Lions this year and made five appearances for the club.
“Every game he played I was watching,” Blake said.
“He’s had a big impact on me. I look up to him. I want to be at that level he got to. He’s definitely up there (as) the one I look up to.
“It’s something I always dreamt of when I was a little kid, something I always wanted to do.”
The pair, who hail from Katherine in the Northern Territory, last played together in the under 12 Wynnum Vikings team, and Keidean “can’t wait” until it happens again.
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“It’ll be exciting times for us,” Keidean said.
“We know each other’s game styles. Next year’s going to be real fun for us two.
“He can jump, he can take pack marks, he can do that better than me, so I’m looking forward to that.”
Keidean paid tribute to the Lions – who also have the Berry brothers Jarrod and Tom on their list – for the family-type environment they provide.
“It’s a great club the Brisbane Lions, and I’m very fortunate that they chose us,” he said.
Blake was also grateful for the club’s Lions Academy.
“They’ve given me the opportunity. It started a couple of years (ago), playing a lot of games against quality teams, which I got looked at through there … and I think I’ve made the most of it,” Blake said.
Lions national recruiting manager Stephen Conole said: “Blake plays with power and presence around the contest, is a clean ball handler and kicks the footy with penetration.
“We are very excited to have the Coleman brothers together at the Lions.’’
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