Brisbane coach Chris Fagan has described Will Ashcroft as the most level-headed youngster he’s met on the eve of the acclaimed conscript’s AFL debut.
And Fagan said any attempt by Port Adelaide to physically target Ashcroft, last year’s draft No. 2 as the Lions’ father-son selection, was futile.
Ashcroft, the son of Brisbane great Marcus Ashcroft, will debut in Saturday’s Twilight fight against the Force at the Adelaide Oval.
“With all the hype about him, he’s the most down-to-earth, level-headed young man I’ve ever met,” Fagan told reporters on Friday.
“So he’ll make his transition to AFL footy in no time.
“He’s played well in all our internal games so it’s always been interesting to see him play against real opponents – and he’s played just as well.
“He lives up to his reputation and the bottom line is he’s a level-headed kid who works really hard at his football.”
When asked if he expected Port to target the 18-year-old, Fagan replied: “It’s all part of AFL football.
https://www.smh.com.au/sport/afl/lions-coach-lauds-hyped-ashcroft-ahead-of-afl-debut-20230317-p5ct1j.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_sport Lions coach praises Ashcroft ahead of AFL debut