Hanson has high hopes

WESTERN Storm on-baller Matt Hanson has not given up on his AFL draft dream.

The 18-year-old, former Tassie Mariner is keen to play his best football this season with the aim of making the state side and impressing AFL recruiters.

The University of Tasmania exercise science student is in his third season of TSL football after debuting for South Launceston in 2012.

Part of the Bulldogs premiership side from last season, the hard-at-it midfielder said the Storm was looking to build consistency and wanted to be 8 and 2 before its next Foxtel Cup appearance.

``We've been a bit up and down in form and had losses to North and Launceston which we were disappointed about but we're looking to bounce back and that's what we've set ourselves to do,'' he said.

``We've got Hobart this week and you have to respect their side but hopefully we can get over them.''

Hanson said he was happy with his own form so far and had been finding the ball but aimed to make his possessions more damaging.

``Hillsy has helped me a lot during the preseason and has set me a few goals to play in the team and has given me good feedback about how I'm going.

``My role is pretty much inside in the middle along with Beau (Thorp), Jay (Blackberry) and Thane (Bardenhagen), getting our hands on the footy.''

Hanson considered playing in the VFL this season but decided to return to the TSL to further his AFL ambitions.

``I want to play AFL and I'd love to go to the draft,'' he said.

``I'm hopeful of getting a state game - I reckon I'm a bit bigger this year which has helped me and I've been having more of an impact in a senior role.''

Western Storm on-baller  and former Mariner Matt Hanson  still has  ambitions of making it to the AFL.  Picture: PHILLIP BIGGS

Western Storm on-baller and former Mariner Matt Hanson still has ambitions of making it to the AFL. Picture: PHILLIP BIGGS

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