The West Coast Eagles concentrated entirely on local talent on the second night of the NAB AFL Draft today, selecting both untried talent as well as a mature age WAFL star.
Midfielder Brady Hough, from Peel, defender Rhett Bazzo, from Swan Districts, tall utility player Jack Williams, from East Fremantle, and experienced Subiaco defender Greg Clark rounded out the evening with that quartet all given an opportunity in their home State.
The Eagles selected Hough with their first pick (31) of the second night, adding another versatile youngster to the squad.
Hough hails from Harvey, but also made his senior debut with Peel in the last qualifying game of the season. He has good speed and played wing and high half-forward, but at 189cm has the capacity to develop into a quality midfielder.
Welcome to the West, Brady! pic.twitter.com/D9bqGhhsev— West Coast Eagles (@WestCoastEagles) November 25, 2021
He also played in the WA State matches and produced some eye-catching performances.
The club’s second selection was pushed out when Sydney made a bid for St Kilda academy player Mitchito Owens.
They then added Rhett Bazzo at selection 37 who is an emerging key defender who stands at 195cm and has strong football pedigree. His father, the late Steve Bazzo was also an outstanding player for Swan Districts in the 80s and 90s before playing at both West Perth and Peel.
Rhett Bazzo was a strong performer in the Swan Districts colts premiership team and filled a variety of roles for his club and the State.
Welcome to the West, Rhett! pic.twitter.com/wf3BeVdDc4— West Coast Eagles (@WestCoastEagles) November 25, 2021
Versatile key position player Jack Williams was selected with the club’s third selection (#57). While primarily a forward at 194cm, he has also played in the ruck with East Fremantle in the WAFL colts competition.
Take a look at Jack Williams' highlight reel! pic.twitter.com/XNdpcRrxtH— West Coast Eagles (@WestCoastEagles) November 25, 2021
Clark, 24, has developed into an outstanding player in the WAFL and won the Simpson Medal in this season’s grand final. A former WA under-16 and under-18 player he has evolved from a wingman into a strong-bodied midfielder or half-back.
He has played in three premierships with the Lions and enjoys to run and carry.