The West Coast Eagles selection plan fell into place on night two at the AFL Draft when it selected a versatile ruckman-forward and two quality midfielders as three further building blocks fell into place.    

The Eagles opened the batting on night two of the AFL Draft by securing Gippsland Power forward-ruckman Archer Reid.


The angular Reid who has played for Victoria Country in each of the last two national championships is an athletic 203cm star who has played alongside No.1 draft selection Harley Reid.

He also comes to Perth where he will reunite with Coates Talent League teammates Coby Burgiel and Ryan Maric. Reid is the brother of developing Essendon defender Zach Reid and adds another big man dimension to the senior list.

The Eagles then made a deal with Richmond to move from selection 40 to 38. In return the Tigers received pick 40 and the club’s future third round selection.

That was a strategic decision to move up the board where they could snare Clay Hall, the son of former club forward Derek Hall, a strong marking utility player who played two games in the 90s before moving to Geelong where he played 74 games.


Clay is a strong inside midfielder who played senior football with Peel Thunder and adds to the midfield power that has been assembled through the draft in the last couple of years – joining Reuben Ginbey, Elijah Hewett and yesterday’s No.1 draft pick Harley Reid.

Hall is close mates with defender Brady Hough who has played two seasons with the Eagles after being recruited from Peel.

The midfield stocks were further boosted when Sandringham Dragons forward-midfielder Harvey Johnston was selected with pick 49.


The smooth mover with deft skill was a strong contributor for Victoria Metro in the 18s championships and played senior VFL football for Sandringham late in the season.

The pre-season and rookie drafts will close out the selection period tomorrow afternoon.