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22 April 2010

Club great backs injured Lion cub at Brookwater Golf Club

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FORMER Brisbane Lions full forward Alastair Lynch was on hand at Brookwater Golf Club's Ambassador's Day and was happy to share his thoughts on a couple of Ipswich products finding their feet in the AFL.

Lions rookie and former Ipswich Grammar School captain Sean Yoshiura is currently on the injured list but Lynch sees a big future for the former middle distance running star.

"He's done extremely well," Lynch said.

"He's exciting athletically and has got a good handle on the skills.

"You find young players put on a lot of strength in their first year or two so he'll really develop physically."

Until then Yoshiura will have to bide his time in the Lions Reserve grade team.

Lynch hopes Ipswich's other AFL player, Rhan Hooper, is able to succeed at his new club Hawthorne after a troubled few years at the Lions.

"Rhan just needed the change," Lynch said.

"He had a few disciplinary issues here and the coaching staff had run out of patience. He's certainly got talent.

"Hopefully with the move to Hawthorne he understands how fragile a professional football career is."

Lynch was impressed with what he saw of Hooper in a Hawthorne jersey before he was injured against Geelong on Easter weekend.

"He's looking exciting when he's playing," Lynch said.

"He's injured now and that will be a test for him as well, how he looks after himself while he's recovering."

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