Sinclair to spread wings in AFL
- Tuesday, 11 December 2012
SUBIACO recruit Callum Sinclair has been taken at pick 12 of the rookie draft by the West Coast Eagles.
Sinclair, who was last year left out of Port Melbourne’s grand final team, made the decision to come west in an attempt to increase his draft prospects.
The 199cm forward/ruckman played 16 games for Subiaco last year and also represented WA in the state game.
"I can’t really believe it,” Sinclair told westcoasteagles.com.au.
"The internet is down at home, so I was down at the shop getting something to eat when my phone started to go off. One of the text messages from a mate said ‘West Coast Eagles’ so I started to think I might have been drafted.
“It was the intention when I came over here, to get a fresh start with my footy, and try to get an opportunity with an AFL club.
“From the disappointment of missing out on the grand final with Port Melbourne last year, things have turned around pretty quickly. I thought I was down and out, so I am very grateful for the opportunity and just want to get stuck into it.”
Sinclair joined Subiaco last season on the word of former Port Melbourne teammate Pat Hassett and booted 26 goals while he averaged just over five marks and just fewer than 15 possessions per game.
Although he spent a lot of time forward, Sinclair also pinched hit in the ruck and averaged eight hit outs per game.
He is expected to play a similar role for West Coast.
Sinclair’s chances of playing next season are increased by the likelihood of Nic Naitanui going in for off-season shoulder surgery with a delayed start to 2012.