Taylor’s AFL star on rise

TERANG Mortlake teenager Lewis Taylor has provided Brisbane with its second AFL Rising Star nominee in nine games.

The number 28 draft pick received his nomination last night.

Taylor, 19, collected a career-high 20 disposals in Brisbane’s 87-point loss to North Melbourne at Docklands on Saturday.

The former Vic Country skipper gathered 11 kicks and nine handballs at 90 per cent efficiency.

He took eight marks and laid three tackles, providing a highlight in an otherwise dark afternoon for the bottom-placed Lions.

Taylor has averaged 14.3 possessions in his nine games after he made a surprise round one debut.

His selection emphasised Brisbane’s belief in the zippy pocket rocket despite not playing a pre-season game as he overcame a foot injury.

Taylor said he had surpassed his expectations.

“Playing in round one I was pretty excited. I would’ve liked to play a few games — that was the goal — but to play every game so far has been good,” he told AFL.com.au

“If I can play my role for the team and keep giving 100 per cent every week hopefully I can stay in the team.”

The former Geelong Falcon said the Lions — struggling with one win from nine games — were rebuilding.

“Having a young group the coaches are going to expect us to be up and down. I suppose that comes with maturity and experience,” Taylor said.

“They’re pretty keen to blood as many games as they can into us and fast-track our experience, which is good.”

Taylor has played as a midfielder and at half-forward, kicking two of his four goals to date in Brisbane’s only win against St Kilda in Auckland in round six.

He joins Norwood export James Aish, who landed at the Lions with pick seven in last year’s draft, as Brisbane’s rising star nominees

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