Rhan is an exciting talent and provided many memorable moments during his time with Brisbane and later at Hawthorn, where he played in 2010.
He was held in extremely high regard at Hawthorn and the Club was genuinely disappointed late in the year when he advised that he wanted to return to Queensland with his partner Penny, who is to give birth to their first child at Christmas.
Hooper lived in Ipswich as a teenager and in his late teens spent some time in Melbourne where he was first exposed to Aussie Rules by one of his sports coaches. He proved a talent and played some matches with the Dandenong Stingrays after which he returned to Ipswich to play outstanding football with the Ipswich Eagles, where he caught the eye of Brisbane Lions talent scouts. His dashes of blistering pace and ability to pick the ball up at full speed drew comparisons to the similar size and skills of the then Melbourne Demons rookie Aaron Davey, who had surprised the league a year earlier. There were many AFL experts who believed Hooper had plenty to give at the elite level including former Brisbane Lions Premiership Coach, Leigh Matthews.
He went to Hawthorn from the Brisbane Lions via the 2009 Draft and impressed in the games he was able to play, kicking seven goals in six games with the Hawks, however he was sidelined with injury for much of the season.
Rhan is considered a lightning-quick small forward with the ability to kick freakish goals. He can also play on ball and will be a huge addition to what shapes as being an exceptional midfield in 2011.
Known for his blistering pace, fierce tackling and his defensive pressure in the forward line, Rhan, until he pulled the plug, provided the Club with an additional goal kicking option working alongside boom recruit and proven full forward in Jason Eagle. Figured in the sports photo of the year taken by master photographer Mark Ellis Click here. Unfortunate that he chose to walk away particularly after the work by Geoff Bower in setting him up off field. Still, we all have our reasons.
AFL Games 48 with the Lions and 6 with the Hawkers
AFL Goals 60
AFL Tackles 204
Draft History 2005 NAB AFL Draft 3rd round selection (Brisbane Lions) No. 41 overall
2009 NAB AFL Draft 4th round selection (Hawthorn) No. 58 overall.
AFL Awards Queensland Team of the Year 2007 & 2008
AFL Debut Brisbane – 2006; Hawthorn – 2010
- Number: 16
- Born: 1988
- Weight: 82
- Height: 179
- Senior games played prior to this season: 4
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