By Andrew Wiles – @andrewjwiles
Harris Andrews, pick 61 in the 2014 national draft, has been selected to debut by the Lions in their 29-man squad that will face St Kilda in their opening NAB Challenge match in Burpengary.
The Aspley Football Club junior was a graduate from the Hyundai Help For Kids Lions Academy, and represented Queensland in the 2014 TAC Cup and national carnival.
Andrews first landed on recruiter’s radar in 2013 when he became the leading goal kicker in the NEAFL under 18 competition, booting a remarkable 80 goals over the course of 17 games.
Last year, Andrews transformed his game to be able to hold a key position post down back, while still being able to push forward and be dangerous.
Across his six 2014 TAC Cup games, Andrews averaged 14 disposals, 2.3 tackles and 4.8 marks playing a mixture of forward and down back.
It was this versatility, combined with his ability to help out in the ruck department that boosted his recruitment stocks.
While a member of Brisbane’s academy, he made his senior football debut in Brisbane’s NEAFL side, and in the QAFL with Wilston Grange.
In a reflection of Andrews’ immediate impact at the club, he is one of only two draftees, alongside Jaden McGrath, to be debuting in a near full strength Lions outfit.
He will run out along side the likes of Rockliff, Zorko, Rich and new recruit Dayne Beams, as coach Justin Leppitsch attempts to field the strongest side possible during the NAB Challenge.
Expect to see Andrews, wearing jumper number 31, line up on one of St Kilda’s key forwards when he takes the field at the Moreton Bay Central Sports Complex.
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