Midfielder, Forward


Harvey Johnston

height: 183cm

weight: 79kg

D.O.B: 18-08-2005

Leagues: AFL U18 Championships, Coates Talent League Boys

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SNAPSHOT: “A player with eye-catching evasive skills, Harvey Johnston is capable of putting opponents on skates with sharp work up forward and in midfield.”

One of the few Sandringham Dragons products without school football commitments throughout the season, Harvey Johnston was pivotal in the region’s premiership run with his ability to impact in various roles. He was a player who provided stability to his side, consistently performing well as forward with plenty of midfield stints.

Rewarded with a spot in Vic Metro’s Under 18 squad at the National Championships, as well as representing Sandringham Zebras at VFL Level, Johnston has managed the step up the grades nicely when given the opportunity. His most distinct trait is his agility, able to twist and turn around opponents to manufacture time in possession.



+ Decision making
+ Evasion
+ Ground balls
+ Kicking
+ Work rate


- Four-quarter consistency
- Kick-to-handball ratio

Pegged as one to watch by Sandringham staff in the preseason, Johnston was quick to draw the eyes of recruiters. In the early stages of the season, his cleanliness around the ground and ability to create scoring opportunities as a forward stood out most at Coates Talent League level. As the APS season started and the Dragons squad changed face, Johnston got more opportunity to show off his abilities in the midfield. He brought the same sense of cleanliness through the contest, demonstrating a good sense of composure when winning the ball at the coal face.

Johnston played more as a forward than midfielder at the National Championships and took advantage of the higher level of delivery, acting as a dangerous high half-forward who picked out teammates closer to goal. However, his best game at the Championships was as a near full-time midfielder against WA, registering 29 disposals, six marks, five tackles and six clearances

Johnston boasts an impressive skillset heading into the next level and is well suited for multiple roles, with his decision making and ball use two stand out attributes. His priority with ball in hand generally focused on getting it to a teammate in space; whether that’s by handing it off to a runner from congestion, or looking to hit a forward target in the corridor. His team first approach has been critical in his ability to impact games more than his raw disposal numbers suggest.

Noted as a strong runner, Johnston’s work rate around the ground is exceptional, involving himself to the defensive and offensive side of the game by applying pressure around the contest when opposition win it, or spreading hard to be an option for teammates with the same intensity.

Whilst Johnston is a good kick, there were only three occasions throughout the Talent League season where he used the ball by foot more than he used it by hand, two of those times coming in finals. That balance remains an area of his game he could look to work on, as he does have the athletic traits to move out of traffic, drive his legs and utilise his sharp kicking on the outside.



It took little time for Johnston to deliver on his preseason hype, adding spark to a stacked Sandringham side and holding his own among other elite prospects. He combines terrific speed and agility with the running power required of modern day half-forwards, with potential to further develop his midfield game. There’s enough there for clubs to work with, with Johnston’s range likely to fall either late in the second round or beyond.

Decision making
Ground balls
Kick-to-handball ratio
Work rate
Four-quarter consistency

AFL U18 Championships

2023Vic Metro233861151841110843245.89.515.

Coates Talent League Boys

2022Sandringham Dragons15132870070052135.
2023Sandringham Dragons1041242283900450044136138.09.517.
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