2017 AFL Draft prospects: Connor Ballenden

Name: Connor Ballenden
Position: Key forward
Club: Brisbane Lions Academy/Allies
DOB: 23-3-1999
Height: 199cm
Weight: 95kg
Draft range: 20-30

Summary: Versatile big-man with a reliable kick. Member of the Brisbane Academy.

Strengths:

  • Long kick
  • Accurate kicking and set shot
  • Versatility

Weaknesses:

  • Inconsistent
  • Endurance

Overview

Ballenden has played most of his junior career in the forward line but spent plenty of time in defence during the Under-18 Championships. His best position still looks to be in the forward line, however. Ballenden’s biggest strength lies in his kicking, recording a perfect 30 out of 30 in the kicking test (the only player to do so) and 25 out of 30 in the goalkicking test.

He is a member of the Brisbane Lions academy and with Josh Schache looking for a move back to Victoria, Ballenden could slot right into the Brisbane forward line.

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