AFL Draft

AFL Draft Profile: Ryan Burrows



Club South Fremantle/Roleystone FC

Height 186cm

Weight 81kg

Position Half-Forward

Draft Range Late-to-Rookie


  • Late Bloomer: Only made the move to the elite talent pathway this season
  • Maximum Damage: Causes damage with his disposal, vision and smarts


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Originally from Roleystone (about 40km from Fremantle), Ryan Burrows is one of the late developers to elite football, especially considering he only made the move to South Fremantle this season.

After missing the first nine weeks of the season, Burrows made his debut for the Bulldogs’ Colts team in round 10 against East Perth, and held his own with 12 possessions, four marks, three tackles, two inside 50s and a goal. Four weeks later, he produced a breakout game against Perth when he accumulated 20 possessions, recorded six inside 50s, grabbed five marks and booted four goals in a dazzling display.

Throughout the remainder of the season, he produced notable outings against Swan Districts (28 possessions, seven marks, and six inside 50s), East Perth (21 possessions, three inside 50s, two marks and two tackles), West Perth (15 possessions, eight inside 50s, six marks and a goal), East Fremantle (16 possessions, five marks and two goals) and Claremont (18 possessions, seven inside 50s, three marks and three tackles, to catch the eyes of recruiters and win an invitation to the State Combine, which requires a nomination from at least two AFL clubs.


Stationed primarily as a high half-forward, Burrows provides speed, skills, and smarts, traits that make him a threat in the front half. He uses his smarts to find space to accumulate possession, before using his speed to break the game open. He also boasts an elite kick, whether he’s kicking for goal or finding a team-mate closer to goal.

With a strong pre-season behind him, he could also transition into the midfield, becoming a bonafide star. He’d be able to win the ball in congestion, and burst from the pack to kick long-range goals.


“Ryan came to the program late so he missed all of the pre-season and the first or nine weeks. When he got in he played a high half-forward role and is an elite left foot kick and an intelligent player. Played Colts for us and when he got into the team he didn’t miss a game. On the back of that [he] got invited to the state combine and tested well. He knows how to find space to find the ball.” – South Fremantle Talent Manager, Jason Pedulla


Ryan Burrows is looming to be a steal in this year’s AFL Draft class, whether it be as a late selection or as a rookie selection.

In the first few seasons, he would play as a high half-forward and would cause opposition teams headaches with his smarts, speed and skills. After a few pre-seasons he could transition into the midfield, where he could be a genuine star.

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