While many would perhaps look to wrestle the pressure of such a claim, the Oakleigh Chargers gun welcomes the comparisons to his idol, who he looks to replicate where possible.
“I base my footy on Lance Franklin, I look up to him, a left-footer and indigenous boy,” Ugle-Hagan told AFL Media.
2020 halted Ugle-Hagan’s chances to further showcase his skills to AFL recruiters, but after kicking 24 goals from nine games with the Chargers last season, he looked to have the top spot sewn up early.
“They were getting it all… I set myself a goal at the end of the year to be in the positon they were… I’m there now,” he added.
Tied to the Bulldogs via the club’s Next Generation Academy, Ugle-Hagan lauded the club’s development since being recruited at several years ago.
“I’ve been there for a fair bit now,” he said. “They started developing me as a player more than an individual which was good.
“[The Bulldogs] developed me as a better player and person on and off the field.
“If I didn’t get that opportunity to get through the NGA I wouldn’t be here right now.”
Eyes will turn to Adelaide at the opening of the AFL Draft, who could look to bid for Ugle-Hagan with their first pick, forcing the Dogs to give up a hefty hand of selections to officially attain the gun teenager.
The player taken with the first overall pick will not only go into history as the top of their class, but will take home a $10,000 bonus from the AFL and a further $20,000 from NAB.
The AFL Draft is set to take place on Wednesday, December 9.
Jamarra Ugle-Hagan copped a few pairs of boots from the Bont over the summer, but could he be his teammate next year?
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