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Late AFL hope for Blayne Wilson

By Kim Hagdorn
20 November 2010 10:47PM EST

A REBUILDING West Coast Eagles have all but assured former All-Australian youth defender Blayne Wilson of an AFL appointment with an invitation to train through to the December draft.

Wilson, 18, will start training with West Coast just four days after he was overlooked at the historic national draft held on the Gold Coast in Queensland.

West Coast finished last in season 2010 and have launched an ambitious rebuilding program with youth and snared prized picks Victorian Andrew Gaff, at number four, big WA forward Jack Darling (26) and South Australian ruckman-forward Scott Lycett at 29 in the national draft.

Wilson will immediately start a strict Eagles run rehabilitation program after end of season ankle surgery.

The aggressive running defender is expected to be able to join into more full training before Christmas, when he is likely to be a fully-fledged Eagles squad member.

It appears almost certain that the talented Peel Thunder in the outer extreme south of Perth and 2009 under-18 All-Australian half-back will be taken by West Coast as a pre-season senior list draft pick or be rookie listed at the AFL’s final selections for this year on December 7.

Wilson’s 2010 quest to be drafted was severely hampered with on-going osteitis pubis and his ankle problems.

His ankle and osteitis woes have even been assessed as possibly inter-related and Eagles management are understood to have contingency plans to assist the classy back man’s recovery.

Wilson played four senior WAFL games with a struggling Peel Thunder last year and then seven matches in 2010.

West Coast created a spot on their senior list to select the likes of Wilson with a surprise to sack severely injury-prone premiership forward Ashley Hansen less than 24 hours after the national draft.


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