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Exciting NGA prospect shaping as a first-round draft pick

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FREMANTLE will have first call on an exciting West Australian prospect, who is shaping as a possible first-round pick at November's NAB AFL Draft.

Liam Henry has emerged as one of the most talented players in his state, with the scintillating forward/midfielder's form catching the eye at colts level in WA.

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The indigenous teenager is tied to the Dockers under Next Generation Academy rules and trained with the club last year.

West Australian state talent manager Adam Jones said Henry, who booted four goals from 24 disposals in April for Claremont, continued to impress.

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"Liam's a really special individual. He's really well organised in his life. He's an intelligent boy and a part of our leadership group as well," Jones told this week's Road to the Draft podcast. 

"His on-field prowess is he's a really smart player as well. Whether he's playing wing, forward or as an inside midfielder, he's clean and knows how to find the football.

"He makes really good decisions, is composed and can kick both sides of his body, so he's another really good prospect we've got coming through."

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Clubs have taken notice of the 180cm draft hopeful's pace and skills in attack, and ability to mark above his head as well as go through the midfield.

Jones said after overcoming injury, Henry was pushing up the draft board.

"He was injured last year so we didn't see much of him. I think he might come into calculations mid-to-late first round. If he has a really strong carnival he could shoot up a little bit earlier than that," he said. 

Western Australia opens its NAB AFL Under-18 Championships on Saturday, when it hosts Vic Metro at Lathlain Park on Saturday.