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Rising AFL staf Jamarra Ugle-Hagan speaks to Sunrise about being taken first in the draft

Jamarra Ugle-Hagan says it feels “unreal” to have been selected as the number one pick in the AFL national draft.

The 18-year-old from the Framlingham Aboriginal Reserve near Warrnambool will become a Western Bulldogs player after the Dogs used draft points to match the Adelaide Crows’ bid.

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“It hasn’t kicked in yet,” he told Sunrise on Thursday morning.

Ugle-Hagan is the first Indigenous player to be the No.1 draft pick since Des Headland, way back in 1998.

“It’s a great opportunity to get picked up by the Doggies, especially coming up from an Indigenous community,” he said.

The 201cm-tall rising star played nine games for West Adelaide in the SANFL in 2020, kicking a total of five goals and averaging four marks, three tackles and 10 hitouts a game.

He’s been branded the next Lance ‘Buddy’ Franklin.

“Buddy is his own kind of bloke and I’m myself, but it’s good to have that comparison because he’s obviously a great role model to Indigenous boys and myself in general,” he said.

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