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The Draftees : How Five Boys Made it to the AFL National Draft - Emma Quayle

The Draftees

How Five Boys Made it to the AFL National Draft


Published: 26th August 2015
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Published: 26th August 2015
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You don't know much about Jake Lever, Peter Wright, Isaac Heeney, Tom Lamb or Clem Smith except that they've been drafted by an AFL club. Next year, they could be in your Supercoach team. They could be stars of the future.

Every season, hundreds of boys are put through their paces at AFL draft camps, training sessions, under-18 competitions and school footy matches. All are hopeful that their work will pay off and they'll end the year signed to an AFL team. Meanwhile, clubs are doing whatever they can to get the right talent to accelerate on-field success. Emma Quayle, senior football writer for The Age and an expert on talent identification, tracks the five boys through 2014, the year they nominate for the AFL national draft. We meet their coaches and families. We hear the boys' dreams and anxieties. We ride the bumps and share the triumphs.

With exclusive behind-the-scenes access to the St Kilda FC as they decide on their 2014 draft picks, Emma shows what it takes to become an AFL footballer.

For these five boys, hearing their name called out by a recruiter on draft day is only the start of their football story. But it takes a hell of a lot to get to that start line.

About the Author

Emma Quayle has been a senior sports writer at Melbourne's Age newspaper since 2001. She has won the Grant Hattam Trophy, the AFL Players' Association award for excellence in football journalism. She is widely acknowledged as an expert in talent identification.


great front cover


i really enjoy this book it gives other players to go through he same process



Fascinating Insight


Really enjoyed this easy to read, informative book. Been interesting to watch the kids playing after getting to know them so well

Melbourne, AU


The Draftees


This book is a must read for any player or parent of a player who is experiencing all the highs and lows in their journey towards achieving their ultimate dream - to be drafted as an AFL player. Well done Emma Quayle!



Fascinating insight


A fascinating and insightful look in to the world of up and coming AFL players who are hoping to be drafted and make it as professionals. Really thorough detail on the young men's lives and development. Highly recommended for AFL enthusiasts.




4.8 4


ISBN: 9781921901645
ISBN-10: 9781921901645
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 26th August 2015
Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.5  x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.47
Edition Number: 2