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» AFL draft 2017: Starry-eyed East Perth draftee Brandon Starcevich ready for lift-off at Brisbane Lions
AFL draft 2017: Starry-eyed East Perth draftee Brandon Starcevich ready for lift-off at Brisbane Lions
Brandon Starcevich is hoping Brisbane’s young list will mean he gets his opportunity to shine at the club next year.
The East Perth teenager will join his uncle Craig Starcevich, who is Brisbane’s AFLW coach, in Queensland after his name was called at pick 18 in Friday night’s national draft.
Starcevich celebrated with family and friends in Bedford, but the news her son was moving across country was probably not the present his mum Cherie wanted on her birthday.
“My uncle is over there so I’ll probably spend a bit of time with him, make the transition a little bit easier,” he said.
“Moving is all right. I can’t wait really, it should be good to get stuck into it.”
Starcevich said he was overwhelmed to be just the second West Australian selected in the draft after Aaron Naughton at pick nine.
The 187cm, 88kg 18-year-old, described as a contested bull, wants to have an immediate impact at his new club.
“I guess there is a chance for a lot of the younger players to get a crack so hopefully some opportunities come up,” Starcevich said.
“I think a good pre-season under my belt hopefully and then start the season well, hopefully play good footy.
“I’m an inside midfielder that has got a bit of pace and explosiveness and can go forward as well and get a bit dangerous up there too.”
Starcevich was the Lions’ third pick in the draft behind No.1 Cameron Rayner and Zac Bailey at 15.
He said he had only chatted briefly to Rayner at the national draft combine but was looking forward to getting to know his new teammates.
Brisbane recruiting manager Steve Conole said Starcevich’s ability to play a variety of roles had been appealing.
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