A Dandenong Stingrays defender is said to have gained interest from AFL clubs ahead of the 2024 Mid-Season Draft following a promising start to the new season.

The 18-year-old was a late bloomer and managed to make a name for himself as a promising two-way player in the Talent League last year, playing 14 games for the Stingrays to flex his aerial promise and efficient ball movement.

Hopkins recorded 19.8 disposals, 3.6 marks and 3.7 rebound 50s per game in his first year at the level, with his return as an over-age prospect proving to be fruitful to start 2024.

The Langwarrin product's numbers have reached new heights in his return, with Hopkins among the standout Talent League players who were overlooked for last year's National Draft.

His form, which has resulted in a spot in the Young Guns side, has Hopkins on the radar of AFL clubs ahead of next month's intake.

Speaking on Gettable, Hopkins' manager Tom McConville said it's been a promising past 12 months for the 190cm defender.

"Last year he came into the Coates League and played as a top-ager, but he had basically come from local footy," McConville said.

"He's a really raw, underdeveloped body, but his run and carry, decision-making and ability to intercept mark has gone to another level this year.

Dandenong Stingrays midfielder Ben Hopkins will represent the Young Guns in the 2024 Young Guns Series. Picture: AFL Photos

"He's strung some consistent form together and went really well on the weekend for the Young Guns.

"I'm really happy for Ben and am excited to see what the future holds for him."

When asked if there has been interest in Hopkins from AFL clubs, McConville said: "Yeah, for sure."

Hopkins is in line to feature again for the Young Guns on Sunday when they play Vic Country at Windy Hill, with AFL scouts to be in attendance as they look to get their affairs in order ahead of the Mid-Season Draft.

North Melbourne are currently in pole position to open the Mid-Season Draft, with the Roos currently 18th on the ladder with two potential list vacancies through long-term injuries to Josh Goater and Callum Coleman-Jones

Hawthorn (via James Blanck), Richmond (via Judson Clarke and Josh Gibcus) and Adelaide (via Patrick Parnell and Wayne Milera) are also in line for early selections and will have the ability to free up list spots through injuries.

The Kangaroos, Hawks and Crows could all be keen on bolstering their backline at the Mid-Season Draft, which will take place on Wednesday, May 29.