Harrison Payne managed to build his game in his second season at Preston City Oval. (PHOTO CREDIT: Tim Murdoch)
Harrison Payne continued his improvement at the Northern Blues in season 2017.
Look back on his first year at the club, thanks to Regency Windows.
TALE OF THE TAPE
THE YEAR THAT WAS
Harrison Payne marked his second season at the Northern Blues with a senior debut and going at nearly a goal a game in the Development competition.
A high-marking medium forward, Payne missed just one game in Round 3, expanding on a solid opening 12 months at Preston City Oval.
Playing predominantly in the forward 50, Payne also added strings to his bow with stints across half-back.
So often the link-man from defence to attack for Ian Aitken’s side, a strong run of Development form saw Payne called up to the VFL side alongside Jaylon Thorpe for the Round 17 clash with Casey.
He ended the season with 14 Development games under his belt — the same he achieved for the club in his first year — but nearly doubled his goal output compared to 2016.
Over the course of the year, Payne had some key performances for the Development side in a number of positions.
However, the pick of the bunch came in the penultimate game of the season, when the Blues were victorious against Werribee in Round 18.
Returning to the Development team after his first VFL game, Payne was one of the key reasons why the Blues marked their final Preston game with a win.
Payne kicked a season-high three goals among his 15 disposals, providing a target in the air and on the ground all afternoon on the way to a four-goal win.
The forward picked up 10 votes in the Development best-and-fairest for the game, second only behind Tim Jones.
BY THE NUMBERS
147 total Development disposals
55 total Development marks (#7 at club)
30 total Development inside 50s
#2 at club for Development marks inside 50