Versatility the ace in Tiziani’s pack
Draft prospect Lachlan Tiziani will be hoping his ability to play several positions will appeal to AFL recruiters ahead of next month’s National Draft Combine.
Tiziani has spent time playing both forward and back this season for Murray Bushrangers and NSW/ACT at the Under 18 National Championships.
“I’m happy to play anywhere,” the 18-year-old said.
“I normally play a rebounding role off half-back but can also play as a high half-forward. My pace and my skills are my strengths so anywhere they can be used suits me.”
As a junior Tiziani generally played as a forward but a family move to Albury brought with it a move in position.
“We moved to Albury because of Dad’s work. As a bottom-age player at the Bushrangers I played mostly forward. In my second season there I started playing more across half-back which I enjoyed.”
The 189cm Tiziani, who plays his club football with Albury Tigers, played at both ends of the ground during NSW/ACT’s three Under 18 National Championships games.
“My first game was off half-back and I played well. I played forward the last two games and didn’t have as big an impact as I would have liked but it really doesn’t bother me where I’m playing.”
Tiziani grew up in Broken Hill, playing his football with the North Broken Hill Bulldogs, former club of Adelaide Crows captain Taylor Walker.
“Apart from Tex (Walker), I like to watch Shaun Burgoyne and Michael Hibberd for their ability to play a few different roles and use the ball well.”
Ahead of the NAB AFL Draft Combine in Melbourne Tiziani said he’s excited for the challenge.
“I’m nervous but pretty confident in all the tests. The Bushrangers high performance manager has given us a program so I’ll be going through that to maintain my fitness before the Combine.”