The Western Bulldogs’ Jack Macrae has stamped himself as one of the AFL’s most prolific ballwinners but his brother is just beginning his football journey.
Finlay Macrae is destined to be picked up in Wednesday night’s AFL draft and could be snapped up inside the top-20.
The 18-year-old from the Oakleigh Chargers shares plenty of similarities with his dual All-Australian sibling.
An onballer who knows how to win plenty of ball, Finlay sledged the 2016 premiership winner thinking he may have the upper-hand when it comes to allround skills.
“We do have a lot of similarities but I’m probably a bit more happy to use my opposite foot a bit more than him,” Finlay joked.
“I have been in contact with him throughout the year. A fair bit different having the virtual (draft) this year.
“He was up in the Gold Coast for his (in 2012). We’ve been speaking all year, mainly about trying to get fit for the combine.
“I was only pretty young when he got picked up so I didn’t quite understand the full extent of it but in the years gone by I have been able to understand what he’s been able to achieve, especially the 2016 grand final (win).”
While Finlay’s not certain to land at Whitten Oval, like Bulldogs academy prospect Jamarra Ugle-Hagan, he has spent some time training there.
“The Dogs were happy for us to join in on all the drills so that was a great experience,” he said.
While the Victorian under-18 competition was cancelled this year because of COVID-19, Finlay’s last NAB League outing was a grand-final win for the Chargers playing with Matt Rowell and Noah Anderson, who were taken at pick one and two by Gold Coast in the 2019 draft.
AFL academy head coach Tarkyn Lockyer is certain Finlay won’t be in brother Jack’s shadow for too long.
“The easy thing with the Macraes is they look the same, they move fairly similar and kick the ball a little bit alike,” Lockyer said.