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Bruhn “ready to go”

Geelong Falcon Tanner Bruhn. (krockfootball.com.au Image/Al Packer)

WITH his knee issues now a thing of the past, Geelong Falcon Tanner Bruhn is confident he can make an impression straight away if he finds a home in Wednesday night’s AFL National Draft.

The supremely talented 18-year-old is widely-tipped by draft experts to have his name called in the first round, with Essendon, who hold picks 6, 7 and 8 looming as a potential suitor.

“If I’m lucky enough to go inside the (top) 10 – even if I’m not, and I slip out a little bit – that’s still the goal for me to get to a club and try and really have an impact as soon as I get there,” Bruhn said.

“I’d love to play games in 2021, and start off what’s, hopefully, a good and healthy career.

“I’m where I want to be (with my body), if not further than what I thought.

“I’ve been feeling great since the start of the year after that little operation.

“I’m just ready to go.”

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Bruhn has played barely ten games in the past two years as he battled knee issues.

However, it hasn’t stopped those in the know from singing his praises, with Bruhn’s form as a 16-year-old warranting him being in the discussion as a top-10 pick.

At the under-16 National Championships, he averaged 17.3 disposals to claim the Vic Country MVP award and earn All-Australian honours.

“He reads the game exceptionally well and has very good fundamentals with his clean hands, strength overhead along with his ball use by hand and foot, AFL Talent Ambassador Kevin Sheehan said.

“An excellent contested ball winner but injury interrupted his 2019 season playing just three games at the end of the year including the Futures Game on the MCG on AFL Grand Final day.

“Looked impressive in NAB AFL Academy camps for Victoria Country over summer showing his poise, class and polish suggesting he was set for an exciting season.”

Bruhn has been comfortable in dealing with expectations that have come with his 2018 performances over the last two years.

“I’m a pretty reserved person, so I’ve just tried to go about my business the whole way through,” he said.

“My injury probably helped me control what I could control, and go about it the way I go about it.

“It’s been challenging along the way with pressure and the challenges I’ve had to overcome.

“But, I think I’ve handled it pretty well, and it will hold me in good stead.”

A Newtown & Chilwell junior, Bruhn revealed had met with several clubs on more than one occasion but has played down the mock drafts and predictions from experts.

“There are a lot of write-ups and articles at the moment, but I’m trying not to read too much into it, and listening to what my manager’s (Paul Connors) saying,” he said.

He’s given me some good feedback, and things I need to know and understand about the draft.

“It’s obviously good to see my name right up there, but it’ll be what it’ll be.”

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