High hopes for young Tasmanian Tiger

Richmond recruit Fraser Turner comes from the same Tasmanian football club that produced Tigers premiership stars Royce Hart and Jack Riewoldt.

Tasmanian football club Clarence has been good to Richmond before and could be again after the Tigers claimed elite endurance runner Fraser Turner at last week's AFL draft.

Turner impressed in three senior appearances for the Tasmanian Football League club that produced Richmond legend Royce Hart and premiership star Jack Riewoldt.

The Tigers connection goes further with the senior side coached by Jeromey Webberley, who played 16 AFL games for Richmond between 2010 and 2012.

"Jeromey has been really good to me this year in telling me about his past experiences," Turner said.

"He's been through what I'm going through.

"He might have spoken to the club during the year ... I think he put in a good word for me.

"They were obviously bigger bodies than me (in the TFL) and I felt that was pretty good exposure for me to be playing."

Turner, a winger who is considered to already possess AFL-level endurance, was one of three Tasmanians taken at this draft after a lean couple of years.

No player from the Apple Isle was selected in 2016, with only Hugh Dixon, who was picked by Fremantle, going last year.

Turner was selected 58th overall, while Tarryn Thomas (North Melbourne) and Chayce Jones (Adelaide) were top-10 picks.

While his endurance is already elite, Turner is keen to develop his inside game and has time on his side.

"I was born on Boxing Day so I just snuck into this year's draft," he said.

"I feel like I've got a lot of growth left in me (as a footballer).

"I feel like I improved a lot over this year, so hopefully I can keep improving over the next few years."

Source AAP

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