A lanky and laconic youngster with the familiar Fletcher surname caught the eye at Essendon training on Friday.
Mason Fletcher, the 17-year-old son of 400-game champion Dustin Fletcher, was on the track to get a taste for the club his dad and grandfather, Ken, served for 37 years.
The young Fletcher, who plays for the Calder Cannons in the TAC Cup, is spending January alongside some of his dad’s former teammates as part of his football development.
Michael Hurley described Mason as a chip off the old Bombers’ block.
“If you were to get him to shave his head you would mistake the two,” Hurley said.
“He is the same size, same shape, same attributes.”
Dustin Fletcher retired in 2015, playing alongside a dozen players from the Bombers’ 2018 list in his final game.
Scott West (Bulldogs), Billy Brownless (Geelong), Darren Crocker (North Melbourne) and Steve Silvagni (Carlton) all have sons eligible for the 2018 draft with their progress likely to be closely monitored this season.
Meanwhile Hurley, who was All Australian in 2017, has moved back into full training after recovering from post-season hip and wrist surgery.