The West Coast Eagles completed its draft involvement today when it selected Next Generation Academy forward-ruckman Coen Livingstone and Sturt half-forward Loch Rawlinson in the AFL Rookie Draft.
Livingstone, who played with Perth this season but missed the WAFL colts Grand Final through injury, stands a tick over 200cm. He won the Jack Clarke Medal in the colts competition and is familiar with the club having been involved in the academy for the last few years. He comes into the squad as a Category B Rookie.
Rawlinson is an electric half-forward with a big tank and filled the final vacancy on the list as a rookie.
The exciting Rawlinson plays the demanding high half-forward role and enjoyed a strong 18s National Championships.
To create the opportunity to add Livingstone to the Category B list, Jordyn Baker was elevated to the rookie list proper.
The final two pieces of the recruiting process completed a successful trade and draft period that sees the club bring in ruckman Matt Flynn from GWS, Hawthorn forward Tyler Brockman (both in the trade period) and then No.1 draft selection Harley Reid, forward-ruckman Archer Reid and midfielders Clay Hall and Harvey Johnston.
“We are delighted by the talent we have been able to bring into the club in the last couple of months,” said List Manager Rohan O’Brien. “We have taken further steps in our build and we are really excited by the attributes these players bring to the club.
“All of the players we have drafted in the last two days are thrilled with the opportunity that has been presented to them and they are looking forward to getting into the club and getting to work.”