Trew becomes an Eagle
Swan Districts midfielder Zane Trew has found an AFL home as part of the 2020 rookie draft, selected by West Coast as their first selection on Thursday.
Trew, initially touted as a first or early second round pick in Wednesday's national draft was sensationally overlooked by clubs, fresh off comments from WA state under 18's coach Peter Sumich on 91.3 Sport FM's Sports Drive last week that labelled the 18 year old 'a sook'.
West Coast swooped with their first pick in the rookie draft, landing the youngster with pick 12.
The inside midfielder averaged more than 20 disposals per game for Swan Districts in a shortened 2020 WAFL colts season, set to add depth to the Eagles midfield brigade.
After a nervous Wednesday night's sleep, Trew was delighted to be on an AFL list, and to be staying put in WA.
“It was definitely something different (sleeping on his draft fate). I was pretty excited last night to hopefully get my name called out.
“But I’m lucky enough to be here at West Coast today and I’m very grateful for the opportunity they’ve given me.”
“I believe that I can come in and try and make an impact. I’m going to come in and train really hard, and obviously get to know my teammates and try to make a good impression,” he said.
“Going (in the) rookie (draft) it doesn’t mean much (different) to me. I’ve still got the opportunity so I’m still going to give it a red-hot crack.”
Trew follows fellow Luke Edwards and Isiah Winder as a 2020 draftee for West Coast, while premiership forward Daniel Venables also re-joined the list as a rookie on Thursday.