Young's brother teaching big AFL lessons

Roger Vaughan

Hayden Young is well aware that if he fulfils predictions and is a top-10 draft pick, it's only one small step in his AFL career.

Given the keen rivalry with his older brother Lachie, it's a lesson he will never be allowed to forget.

Hayden's name will be called as early as pick No.5 in Wednesday night's draft.

The intercept defender is 188cm tall and boasts an outstanding left-foot kick.

By contrast, Lachie was overlooked in the 2017 draft and played six games this season after the Western Bulldogs recruited him last year as a rookie selection.

Hayden has taken careful note of his older brother's hard yards.

"There are different journeys and it doesn't really matter how you get there," he said.

"When you get there, you're all at the same level and you have to work hard.

"He was a very different journey to me - he missed out a lot, had a lot of setbacks, went in the rookie draft.

"It just shows me it doesn't matter if I'm a top-20 pick, I still have to put my head down when I get to a club and earn my spot."

The two Youngs played together in last year's Dandenong Stingrays under-18 premiership side.

But amid the shared experience and Hayden's respect for Lachie, there is a fierce sibling rivalry.

"It's pretty heated. We don't talk about it openly ... we want each other to play well, but inside you want to play better than your brother," Hayden said of being teammates.

"We're pretty competitive."

He was asked what might happen if they end up at different clubs and cross paths in a match.

"If that does happen, that would be interesting," Hayden said.

Hayden said Hawthorn defender James Sicily is one of his favourite players and the 18-year-old would fit in well at the Hawks.

The Hawks are well-known for recruiting left-footers and he has a scything pass.

Hawthorn's first pick is not until No.11, although selections can be traded on the night.

Young just wants to end up on an AFL list.

"I'm not going to write it off yet - I don't know what will happen on the night," he said of Hawthorn.