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Kirsty Petrides  May 3, 2013 6:08 PM

Wilson press conference 29.04.13 The young defender has recently moved from Peel Thunder to East Perth and is playing some consistent footy from defence
Playing with the same game plan that we play at West Coast, and training the way we train every day, it’s definitely been a beneficial move.
Defender Blayne Wilson had been playing for Peel Thunder since his junior footy days he was selected to join the West Coast list during the 2010 pre-season draft.

But when West Coast and cross-town rivals Fremantle struck a deal last year for alignment with WAFL clubs East Perth and Peel Thunder respectively, Wilson was forced to leave his long-time club and head north to Leederville Oval to join the Royals.

Whilst the decision to align AFL clubs with WAFL teams did spark some public criticism, Wilson maintains that the decision has been a great one for him as a footballer and for his West Coast teammates playing alongside him in the WAFL.

“Playing for East Perth has been really good so far,” the 21-year-old said.

“Playing with the same game plan that we play at West Coast, and training the way we train every day, it’s definitely been a beneficial move.

“It was originally a pretty tough adjustment, coming from a club where I had played as a junior, to a new club where I didn’t really know any of the other players.

“But now it’s great. And it just makes sense really, for us to be playing together in the WAFL, so when we do eventually get selected  and crack in to the side, we’ll have that experience playing with eachother, rather than against eachother.”

On the topic of selection, Wilson admits that as a defender, a spot in the West Coast backline may be hard to come by. With class outfits such as Glass, Hurn, Waters and Mackenzie being permanent fixtures; paired with the likes of Schofield, Butler, Brown and Brennan, opportunities in the Eagles’ defence may be few and far between.

However Wilson remains confident about his form and hopeful about what his future holds in the West Coast list.

“My body is feeling really good, probably the best I’ve felt and the fittest I’ve been.

“To get on the park and play some consistent WAFL footy is really good for me, and good for my footy.

“I feel im getting closer and closer to an AFL game each week, it really depends on my form in the WAFL still, and I think I’ve put a few games together now so we’ll see how we go.

“My training at West Coast though is helping me massively as well.

“I’m probably learning the most from Glassy, he’s obviously been a big mentor for me, being in the back line and being in a similar position and similar player.

“And Shannon Hurn as well. What I’ve learnt from them most has probably been the level of professionalism they show.

“Particularly Glassy, both on and off the field, and just the way he goes about things with his bodywork, he’s definitely helped me out a fair bit with my game.”