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Haua building for AFL draft combine

FEVERISH ATTACK: BITS' Kane Haua Against Rockhampton Panthers in this year's AFL Capricornia preliminary final.
FEVERISH ATTACK: BITS' Kane Haua Against Rockhampton Panthers in this year's AFL Capricornia preliminary final. Mike Richards GLA020917AFLP

AUSSIE RULES: BITS Saints young gun Kane Haua has been accepted into the Gold Coast Suns Academy, coached by ex-Richmond, Brisbane Lions and Suns player Andrew Raines.

The classy, quick and strong-marking forward has enhanced his chances toward an AFL dream and is in the running to try out in the AFL draft combine next year.

Haua kicked 12 goals for BITS Saints in their game against the Rockhampton Kangaroos in round one in 2017.
Haua kicked 12 goals for BITS Saints in their game against the Rockhampton Kangaroos in round one in 2017. Mike Richards GLA220417KANE

"At a young age I started at level one academy at the Suns and until now, I have built myself up to level three,” Haua, 17, said.

"That's where you get right into the drafting season.”

Haua took his game to the next level in the AFL Capricornia season in 2017 for the Saints in a season that was highlighted with a 12-goal effort against Rockhampton Kangaroos in round one.

He followed that up with another best afield game against Gladstone Mudcrabs with seven goals in round five.

Haua booted 35 goals from 14 games and he was also used as a high lead-up forward and stints on the wing.

The left-footer is in the academy squad which will play a number of games against academies from the Greater Western Sydney and Sydney Swans clubs.

The new year will see Haua settled on the Gold Coast and he will also start a bachelor of exercise science course.

The academy's focus is to expose prospective players to a professional environment and this means to play matches is limited.

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Haua flies in the 2016 preliminary final against Gladstone Mudcrabs.
Haua flies in the 2016 preliminary final against Gladstone Mudcrabs. Mike Richards GLA270816PAFL

I felt that I definitely needed the change because if you want to work your way up, you need to be playing down on the Gold Coast and Brisbane levels,” Haua said.

And that means he's likely to sign a contract with Labrador in the QAFL so that he can get valuable match experience at a high level which will complement him training with the Gold Coast Academy.

"The Suns really want me to me to stay with them and have them build me up, so on the odd occasion I may play for Labrador, but I will spend my time training for the Suns,” Haua said.

"Throughout the year I may only get four or five games and might play finals just to give me that taste of high-level football.”

Raines has given Haua valuable one-on-one feedback on what it takes to become an AFL player.

"Being an ex-footballer himself, it's really good to have that elite experience on board,” Haua said.

The potential to play in the midfield is something that Haua and Raines have discussed.

"I've had one-on-one sessions with the head coach (Raines) and he said that we like you as a utility and he was saying that I have big assets like I'm fast and aggressive,” Haua said.

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