Last night was a dream come true for outside midfielder Mikayla Western when she found out she was drafted at pick 53 to the West Coast Eagles.
The new draftee was at Claremont football training when her coach Jack Schwarze and West Coast Eagles star Dana Hooker made the exciting announcement.
“One of my teammates Emily had just been drafted and we were all really excited,” Western said.
“My coach then rocks up with another jersey and says it’s for Mikayla Western.
“All my teammates were on the track, and they all went nuts.
“I couldn’t even think straight for the rest of training.
“I was away with the fairies, couldn’t believe my luck and the position that I’m in – it’s just awesome.”
The 24-year-old will join fellow Claremont teammates Ella Smith and Sasha Goranova on West Coast’s list for the upcoming season.
Showing her dedication, Western tried to focus on training to prepare herself for the WAFLW Grand Final this weekend.
“I did a few interviews then jumped back on the track to get ready for the Grand Final – it’s been a goal for the last six months,” she said.
“Being around the girls will help me focus on the first project – getting the flag then switching to Eagles after that.”
Western is looking forward to the new cross-town rivalry in her household with her brother, Joel, an AFL player at Fremantle.
“Nothing like a bit of rivalry in the house, we are a competitive family, so I love it,” she said.
“I got to go one pick earlier than him so I will hang that on him.”