Son of ex-Blue and Magpie emerges as a draft bolter

Sandringham Dragons prospect Olli Hotton has caught the eye at the Under 18 National Championships.

Playing for Vic Metro, Hotton collected 24 disposals and kicked three goals in last Sunday’s 73-point thrashing of South Australia at GMHBA Stadium.

Hotton’s classy display has boosted his chances of being selected inside the top 20 in this year’s National Draft.

The father-forward is the son of former Carlton and Collingwood player Trent Hotton, though he’s not eligible to be a father-son selection.

AFL Media draft expert Cal Twomey says Hotton has emerged as a draft bolter following his impressing showing against SA.

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“Olli won’t be eligible for either club as a father-son, but he looks a top 20 prospect now,” Twomey told SEN Breakfast.

“Classy player-forward, a bit in the Archie Perkins mould, he had a great game for Vic Metro on Sunday.

“He kicked three goals from 24 disposals and has pushed himself right into first round contention.

“A bit of a bolter, no one saw that coming about six or seven weeks ago, but that’s what we love about the Championships.”

Hotton will get another chance to impress when Vic Metro face Vic Country on September 23 in Melbourne, the AFL Grand Final eve public holiday.


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