NORTH Ballarat Rebel Willem Drew has all the attributes to catch the eye of the AFL recruiters.
The Koroit export is a contested ball beast and a clearance king.
Drew is one of five Rebels selected to attend October’s draft combine and is preparing for the TAC Cup qualifying final against Geelong Falcons on Saturday.
The 188cm midfielder has averaged 23 possessions and seven tackles across his 13 TAC Cup matches – named in the Rebels’ best on 12 occasions. His ability to win the ball on the inside and breakaway into space is a feature of the smooth-moving midfielder’s game.
Versatility is a huge part of modern football and Drew has shown he is no one-trick pony, playing off the half-back line at times as well as being a dangerous option in attack.
Drew is firmly focused on improving his game and having an equally productive finals campaign beginning on Saturday.
“I’m absolutely pumped (for finals), the boys can’t wait to get in there and give it a crack,” he said.
“That’s one of the main reasons you play footy – to try and play finals.”
Rebels talent manager Phil Partington said Drew had benefited from his “enormous” pre-season leading into the all-important final year of TAC Cup.
“Willem’s personality and the way he works to get the best out of himself gives him a great head-start for hopefully getting into the AFL world,” he said.
“He’s one of those players you can rely on week in week out to perform to a top level.”