DRAFT ANALYSIS: “A hard-running, classy outside player whose foot skills and overall clean disposal will have attracted strong interest from numerous clubs."
Angus Hanrahan, the younger sibling of the Hawthorn-listed Oliver, is a smart, classy outside player who sets up play off half-back and can hit the scoreboard across half-forward. Strong TAC Cup form early in the season warranted Vic Metro selection for the Under 18 National Championships — where he did his draft chances no harm — averaging 16 disposals. Whether it’s across half-back, half-forward or even through the midfield, Hanrahan oozes class and composure, rarely wasting his disposal. This was displayed early in the Dragons’ TAC Cup campaign. In a round two clash against the Oakleigh Chargers, Hanrahan dominated outside play, with 29 disposals at 86 per . cent efficiency together with seven handball receives — confirming his status as a designated playmaker — and nine marks, leading the Dragons to a strong 23-point victory. Then, a fortnight later, the St Kevin’s College student proved a handful for the Murray Bushrangers defence, booting 3.2 from 18 disposals, showcasing his ability to hit the scoreboard. Later selected to play for Vic Metro throughout the under-18 National Championships, Hanrahan impressed with his foot skills, particularly against Vic Country, earning the praise of St Kilda legend Leigh Montagna for his “beautiful delivery” inside the forward 50. It was a season that led to a National Combine invite, where Hanrahan again impressed with a top ten finish in the goalkicking test.
- Run and carry
- Football smarts
Hanrahan possesses obvious strengths which lend well into each other, with his outside play clearly the standout feature. Combining run and carry with precision kicking, creativity and football smarts, it’s easy to understand how he was deployed across half back and across half forward to damaging effect. If Hanrahan can bring that kind of creativity to his midfield craft, he could be just as damaging there too. His playmaking ability from behind the ball was put on display early in the season, but a move to half forward for the Dragons saw Hanrahan kick eight goals in his last five TAC Cup appearances, demonstrating his versatility in a different role. His composure is something that allows him to be deployed as that damaging ball user, while also being accustomed filling the role of a steady finisher up forward. Moreover, Hanrahan seldom wastes disposal. Throughout the TAC Cup, he went at 65 per cent efficiency by foot and 76 per cent by hand to hold one of the better disposal efficiency percentages in the competition. His outside game often plays well into boosting those numbers as he has more time to pick the right option, but Hanrahan also showed good aptitude in delivering well in traffic.
Weighing in at only 68 kilograms, although he’s an outside player, Hanrahan simply needs to add to his frame in order to avoid being pushed off the ball against men next season. That’s obviously an area that plenty of underage players will look to improve on should they get the opportunity to have a pre-season at AFL level. The Prahran, East Brighton and St Kilda City product could also improve his consistency. After enjoying a strong start to the TAC Cup season, which preceded an impressive campaign for Vic Metro, Hanrahan averaged a mere 12 disposals in his last four appearances for the Dragons. While those numbers may be reflective of a more forward-orientated role, he would definitely be looking to make use of his damaging disposal more consistently.
DRAFT PROJECTION: 40+
Angus Hanrahan is a classy outside ball-user who, if used across half-back, will set play up, run, receive handballs and carry. When positioned up forward he will simply hit the scoreboard, while still providing that trademark outside ball use. A well-composed and clever player, he would be a good asset to any side with his speed and efficiency. With his upside and ability, Hanrahan could come into club thoughts from the third round onwards.
Under 18s Championships