Young gun has hopes of sign­ing with Hawks

Mercury (Hobart) - - RACING, AFL -

CHRIS CA­VANAGH BROWN and gold runs through Finn Magin­ness’s veins.

His fa­ther Scott played in two pre­mier­ships for Hawthorn, Ja­son Dun­stall is a reg­u­lar vis­i­tor to the fam­ily’s Brighton home and the fa­ther­son prospect has seen three Hawthorn pre­mier­ships live from the stands of the MCG.

A big-bod­ied and stron­grun­ning mid­fielder, Magin­ness has his fin­gers crossed the Hawks will snap him up in Novem­ber’s AFL na­tional draft.

But the 18-year-old ac­cepts that is no given as his stocks con­tinue to rise.

“The Hawks would be the dream desti­na­tion for sure,” he said. “I’ve loved the club, loved the time I’ve spent there and it would be a dream come true to go there. But ob­vi­ously it’s not the re­al­ity. Other clubs are there to pick me as well so if I went some­where else I’d be stoked as well.”

Magin­ness has trained with Hawthorn mul­ti­ple times this year and has shot up the draft or­der since be­ing over­looked in the ini­tial Vic Metro squad – a mo­ment that made him “more hun­gry”.

The San­dring­ham Drag­ons hard-nut went on to play all four games of the un­der-18 na­tional cham­pi­onships, av­er­ag­ing the se­cond-most in­side 50s, fifth-most pres­sure points and third-most tack­les of any mid­fielder at the tour­na­ment.

“Com­pared to last year, I’ve def­i­nitely got more be­lief in my­self and more con­fi­dence,” Magin­ness said.

“Dad’s al­ways had enor­mous be­lief in me and some­times when my con­fi­dence isn’t re­ally high he’s al­ways there to boost me.”

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