By Mitch Guy
FORMER Foster footballer Brett Eddy’s AFL dream became a reality when the key forward was drafted by Port Adelaide in the Rookie Draft last Monday.
The 27 year-old was chosen with pick 26 in the draft, after impressing for South Adelaide in the SANFL in recent years.
He quickly handed in his resignation as an associate with stockbroking firm Morgan and Stanley on Monday night before joining his new teammates on Tuesday for training.
Eddy said he was excited to get the opportunity after plugging away in the state league for a number of years.
“From my point of view I need to work as hard as possible over the preseason and try get as fit as possible to press my case for senior selection,” he said.
Standing 194cm, Eddy is a versatile forward who can fill a variety of different roles in attack, whether it’s deep inside the forward 50 or as a high half-forward.
He’s believed to be the oldest player to be drafted for the first time in the AFL.
It’s been a long journey since he starred in Foster’s 2010 premiership.
Whilst on Sandringham’s VFL list, the talented goalkicker booted 58 goals in 12 matches for Foster.
He later joined Collingwood’s VFL side and was quickly on the radar of AFL recruiters, before his 2011 season ended cruelly when he ruptured his ACL.
A move to Adelaide four years ago has reaped dividends, with Eddy becoming a dominant forward in the SANFL.
He played for South Adelaide and booted 68 goals this season, winning the Ken Farmer medal for the leading goalkicker in the league.
He said his footy has definitely improved since making the switch to Adelaide.
“I’ve been here about four years and I’ve found the standard of the SANFL is a lot better than VFL and it’s a lot more professional, so along with that, the improvement comes,” he said.
The former Mary MacKillop College student said he still keeps in contact with many of his Foster premiership teammates and is close friends with a fair few of the team.
“The ongoing support from all the people back home has been great and I appreciate all the messages,” he said.
“And I’d like to say a big thanks to my mum, Ingrid and my dad, Ian. They’ve been a big support over the years.”