Former Forest Hill Junior Dylan Moore was picked up in the 2017 National draft by the Hawthorn Football Club

Ranked by Champion Data as the 12th best player in the draft pool, the Eastern Ranges product was one of the bargain picks when the Hawks swooped at selection No.67.

But Moore’s journey to the elite level hasn’t come without its sceptics.

The hardworking 176cm, 66kg midfielder has defied doubters who believed he was too small to make the grade, emerging as a bright prospect in the TAC Cup this year.

“I kind of thought about just before I got to Hawthorn actually on the weekend, it was good to reflect and go, ‘you know what, I was good enough’,” Moore said.

“It doesn’t matter about the size, I finally made it.”

The 18-year-old enjoyed a strong start to the season and was rewarded with Vic Metro honours, displaying his elite endurance, clean skills and versatility as a crumbing forward.

Averaging 23 disposals (11 contested) across his four games in the national championships, he was duly named All Australian.

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