HAWTHORN does not have a storied history of father-son selections.
The Hawks have had only three players picked under the rule, and the best of that lot ended up at another club.
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Steven Greene (in 2000), Travis Tuck (2005) and Josh Kennedy (2006) are the Hawks' only father-son selections ever, with Kennedy moving to the Swans three years into his career. But the Hawks could be about to break that drought, and Kennedy has relevance.
Finn Maginness could attract a top-20 bid on draft night in two weeks, which the Hawks will be able to match given his father, Scott, played 131 games for the club, including their 1988-89 premierships.
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"He plays like Kennedy," one recruiter said.
"He's the player who will go and win the clearances and just keep doing it all day. He's big and strong for a midfielder of his age, and he even has that same hunched shoulders at times that makes him look like Kennedy. He should be a star."
Maginness had hoped his draft season would go as well as it did, but he was made to work for it.
The Sandringham Dragons prospect was initially left out of Vic Metro's Academy squad, but forced his way into the line-up with impressive performances at the start of the NAB League season.
He didn't let anyone down in the under-18 carnival, including a standout game against the Allies when he collected 27 disposals, seven clearances, nine tackles and six inside-50 entries.
It was one of a handful of games that defined his year, including a strong run of form late in the season for the Dragons.
"I've been satisfied with the season. My development from the end of last year to this year has been pretty good and hopefully I can keep going over the next couple of years," he said.
"I've moved into more of an inside midfield role and been loving it."
Maginness didn't stop there. His performances at the NAB AFL Draft Combine was the final tick on his season as he was the all-round star of the testing.
He showed his pace (2.96 seconds over the 20-metre sprint), in the top-10 for the Yo-Yo test (level 21.4) and second overall in the 2km time trial, when he recorded a brilliant time of 5:51 minutes.
Maginness is considered a first-round pick by many recruiters, but a bid on him may not come until early in the second round. That would be the dream result for the Hawks, who have pick 11 and then pick 30.
A keen Hawthorn fan, the 189cm teenager would be the third generation of his family to play for the club, with his grandfather Norm also playing 64 games for the brown and gold.
He said Scott had been a significant influence on his rise this season.
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"He's been huge for me. He's taught me everything I know. He's really invested in my development, so he's been massive," he said.
"Earlier on in the year he wanted me to get the best out of me so he'd try to pump me up before games, and the last half of the year he's been telling me to enjoy the moment and take it all on."