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Father-son Hawks prospect stars in Draft Combine testing

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HAWTHORN father-son prospect Finn Maginness has continued his rise, with the midfielder starring in testing at the NAB AFL Draft Combine.

Maginness, who met with the Hawks this week as part of his scheduled interviews at the Combine, was a standout as athletic tests started on Thursday.

The midfielder clocked a 20-metre sprint time of 2.96 seconds, placing him among the leading players for speed in front of recruiters at Margaret Court Arena.

He then backed it up by reaching level 21.4 in the YoYo test, which is a measure of a player's aerobic running capacity. The gut-bursting run put him in the best handful of all participants at the Combine. 

Maginness is firming as a top-20 pick at November's draft, which would see the Hawks having to match a bid for the son of two-time premiership player Scott.

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The 18-year-old, who has drawn comparisons to Sydney star and former Hawks father-son pick-up Josh Kennedy, finished his season in strong form in the NAB League for the Sandringham Dragons. 

The Hawks have given him no guarantees, but he will meet with the club again at the end of the Telstra AFL Trade Period so it can assess which draft selections it has. 

Hawthorn can nominate Maginness as a father-son pick in the lead-up to the draft but then will have the choice on the night whether it matches a bid or lets him head to another club. 

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"It'd be a dream come true if I did play there, I've been going for the Hawks my whole life so it'd be absolutely awesome," Maginness told AFL.com.au this week.

"But I know there are 17 other clubs who can pick me up and I won't really know until draft night."

 

Maginness has been one of this crop's risers, having missed out on selection for Vic Metro's initial under-18 squad.

His form at the beginning of the season for the Dragons led to a call-up with Metro, where he pieced together an impressive carnival.

"I've been satisfied with the season. Certainly 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 an inside midfield role and I've been loving it.

"There's been no real indication yet [from the Hawks]. Obviously Dad played there so I'd love to go there." 

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Maginness is one of three players in this year's draft pool whose father played at Hawthorn, although Noah Anderson (the son of Dean) and Hugo Ralphsmith (the son of Sean) are not eligible as father-son picks.