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Four Falcons find an AFL home

Ollie Henry in action for St Joseph’s College earlier in 2020. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

TANNER Bruhn and Cam Fleeton have joined the GWS Giants, Ollie Henry will head up the Princes Highway to Collingwood, and Charlie Lazzaro is off to North Melbourne after the quartet was selected in Wednesday night’s AFL National Draft.

Star midfielder Bruhn, who was touted as a top-10 selection, slid slightly to pick no.12, with mobile forward Henry going just a few minutes later at pick no.17 to the Magpies.

There was some surprise among the experts when the Kangaroos snapped up Lazzaro at no.36.

Fleeton was the second last player selected in the National Draft at pick no.58.

Bruhn, who attended Geelong Grammar, only managed a handful of games over the past two seasons due to injury and the shutdown of football in Victoria at all levels due to COVID-19.

“I’m just super stoked and can’t wait to go to Sydney,” he told krockfootball.com.au.

“I prepared myself for any situation, and I’m just rapt I’ve been given the opportunity, and Sydney’s a great place.

“I’m over the moon.”

Giants’ recruiting boss Adrian Caruso says Bruhn, who played his junior football at Newtown & Chilwell, was “too good to pass up”.

“While predominantly a midfielder, Tanner has shown before he can play down back or in attack and that versatility will help him as he looks for senior opportunities,” Caruso said.

“He is driven and a super competitor – attributes we place a very high importance on.”

Henry joins brother Jack, who has 66 under his belt at the Cats, in the AFL system.

He is the first Falcon drafted by Collingwood since Luke Rounds in 2008.

“I’m stoked; it was so good to hear my name read out, and it’s just a relief, really,” Henry told Fox Footy.

“I couldn’t be happier.”

Lazzaro, who attended Geelong College, is a St Mary’s product like Henry.

“Charlie is a really driven inside/outside midfielder who can also play forward,” North Melbourne’s National Recruiting Manager Mark Finnigan said.

“He has clean hands in the contest, carries the ball and had a really strong 2020 pre-season with the Falcons.”

Cam Fleeton in action for St Joseph’s College in mid-2020. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

As clubs started to pass on selections and the night dragged on, Fleeton had headed off to bed and was prepared to wait for Thursday’s Rookie Draft.

It was only when his phone went into overdrive that the Geelong West Giant realised he was a GWS Giant.

“I was pretty tired to start with, and I wasn’t expecting it to go for that long,” Fleeton said.

“After a few clubs started passing, I thought it was going to be over, and I was going to wait for the Rookie Draft.

“(Manager) Scott Lucas called me, and I didn’t know what he was talking about. He said “congratulations”, and I was just going along with it.

“But then my phone blew up a bit more, and I had a few calls.”

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