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Ham on the menu of AFL recruiters?

Brayden Ham in action for the Geelong Falcons. (Geelong Falcons Image/Brian Bartlett)

AFL clubs have been urged not to ignore the qualities Geelong Falcons utility Brayden Ham possesses in his game as they contemplate selecting him in the upcoming national or rookie drafts.

Talent Manager Michael Turner said Ham’s consistent 2018 form, versatility and strong testing results at the recent AFL Draft Combine had put him well and truly on the radar of clubs.

The 19-year-old from Torquay flew under the radar for most of the season with the spotlight quite rightly focused on his more highly-credentialed teammates.

But his 22 goals from 16 games was enough for Ham to win the Falcons’ goalkicking award – and finish in the top 10 of the competition overall – and he was also runner-up in their best and fairest behind the highly-touted Sam Walsh.

Internally, Ham is highly-rated by the Falcons coaching staff and teammates for his team-oriented attitude and workrate and considered a player who doesn’t need many touches to have an impact.

In 2018 he averaged just under 19 possessions and six marks a game.

“Brayden Ham’s highlights package is as good as anything that you’ll see,” Turner declared.

“What makes Brayden a good player is the fact that he can play half-back, wing, midfield and forward.

“He kicked a lot of goals for us this year, and his testing was outstanding. He was in the top 10 in Australia, along with (Falcons teammates) Sam Walsh, Ned McHenry and Oscar Brownless for endurance and they’re unbelievable athletes.

“Since then he’s had a lot of AFL clubs speak to him.”

Turner is urging clubs with late draft picks to take a punt on the 181cm lightly-framed Ham.

“Should Brayden Ham get drafted? In my opinion, yes he should,” Turner said.

“Will he? I don’t know. Because Brayden is a 19-year-old, he might have a few doubters.

“I would hope that he would go late in the draft or at least the rookie draft.”

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