Venables taken at 13 by the Eagles
Congratulations to Western Jets player Daniel Venables who was taken at pick 13 in the AFL National Draft by the West Coast Eagles Football Club.
This capped off a year for Daniel where he was selected to play for Vic Metro in the AFL U/18 National Championships after a strong start to the year with the Western Jets. Daniel played in all five matches throughout the AFL U/18 National Championships playing through the midfield and up forward. As a result of a very strong carnival, Daniel was named in the forward pocket for the U/18 All Australian side for 2016.
Daniel returned to TAC Cup football after the Championships but only managed one more game to take his tally to three games for the season before suffering a foot injury. The injury kept Daniel out for the rest of the season but did not stop him being named on the forward flank in the TAC Cup Team of the Year.
Venables has many outstanding attributes as a player; he is dynamic, powerful, strong and quick and is also an excellent penetrating kick as well as being very good overhead. The Eagles will feel that they have selected a strong inside midfielder who has also got the capacity to run and carry the ball with devastating effect. He also has the ability to play forward and is a proven goal kicker; he did this at crucial stages throughout the AFL U/18 National Championships.
Daniel comes from strong football pedigree being the great grandson of former North Melbourne player and AFL Hall of Fame inductee Johnny Lewis. Daniel will commence pre season training with the West Coast Eagles in the coming weeks.