AFL boost for the high-flying Hanson

MATT Hanson's ambitions of being drafted into the AFL will get a double-edged boost during the month of June.

Hanson will get the chance to impress interstate recruiters when he plays for Tasmania against the NEAFL at Bellerive and then will be on the national stage again when his Western Storm team plays in the second round of the Foxtel Cup.

The 19-year-old midfielder continued his blazing start to the season when he picked up 41 possessions in a best afield display for the Western Storm against Devonport on Saturday.

It took Hanson to 11 votes in the RACT State League Player of the Year Award and he now leads the competition by one vote over teammate Bart McCulloch and James Charlesworth, of Clarence.

Hanson is almost a certainty to gain a midfield position in the Tasmanian team to play the NEAFL on June 21 and then he is looking forward to his first trip to Perth when Western Storm takes on West Perth in a semi-final of the Foxtel Cup at Patersons Stadium three days later.

Hanson is into his third year playing in the State League after playing with his  elder brother Will in South Launceston's premiership team last season before they switched to Western Storm this year.

``It's good to have Will playing alongside me,'' he said.

Hanson puts his rich vein of form down to a bit of extra maturity and a high fitness level this season.

``I seem to be finding a bit more of it,''.

The exercise science student said he is yet to know of any interest from AFL clubs but is hoping that could all change by the end of  the month.

Western Storm's Matt Hanson  was best afield on Saturday against Devonport.

Western Storm's Matt Hanson was best afield on Saturday against Devonport.


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