MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 06: Jamarra Ugle-Hagan of Oakleigh Chargers in action during the 2020 NAB League Testing Day on March 06, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Martin Keep/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

Likely to be taken with the first overall selection at next month’s AFL Draft, key-forward prospect Jamarra Ugle-Hagan has gained plenty of comparisons to Sydney superstar Lance Franklin.

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.

Playing alongside Gold Coast young guns Matt Rowell and Noah Anderson last season, Ugle-Hagan set aside a goal to mirror their efforts and land toward the top of the AFL draft order.

“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 Crows could however look to back in local tall Riley Thilthorpe or Western Australian key position player Logan McDonald, with the No.1 pick reaping plenty of financial rewards.

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.