Hugh McCluggage admits he is still pinching himself at the prospect of being the highest-selected player in the 2016 NAB AFL Draft.
"It's a bit of a shock and it's happened really quickly," McCluggage said.
"At the start of the year I was just hoping to play consistent footy for North Ballarat and then I was lucky enough to get into the Vic (Country) side… so I just tried to play as well as I could for every team that I played for."
Brisbane Lions list manager Peter Schwab said he would be ecstatic if McCluggage were to slip through to the club's pick (No.2 overall) in the draft.
"He's a talented player. He can play in the midfield, can go forward and kick goals and is a nicely balanced player," Schwab said of McCluggage.
"He just knows how to play. The first thing you look at, with any game of football, is what’s the talent (level)? He’s a high-end talent. He certainly possesses that aspect."