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    Dogs' prospect a true son of the West

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    A MONTH training at the Western Bulldogs last year has made Rhylee West confident he is good enough to reach the top level as the draft prospect aims to emulate his father's career.

    The Dogs have first access at this year's NAB AFL Draft to the 17-year-old, who is the son of club great and seven-time best and fairest winner Scott West, who played 324 games between 1993-2008.

    Similar to his dad, West is a shorter midfielder with a knack of winning the footy, and his stint at the Bulldogs as part of the NAB AFL Academy has solidified his self-belief.

    "That was one of the greatest experiences I've had that will help me understand what you need to be to be an AFL footballer," West told AFL.com.au.

    "Whether it's the Dogs or any other club, it's such a great experience to be exposed to elite training, elite facilities, elite habits and what it really takes to be a footballer.

    "I was there for about a month which gave me a bit of extra time to get to know the boys better and feel more confident in drills and stuff, so it was good to go down and see how I'd go against people who have already made it."

    The Calder Cannon missed a large chunk of last season with a stress fracture in his foot, but his competitiveness has stood out during the Academy's training sessions in America on its high performance camp this week.

    He would follow a line of players – Mitch Wallis, Tom Liberatore and Lachie Hunter – to come out of Melbourne school St Kevin's College and join the Dogs as a father-son pick if the club grabs him later this year.

    "You have to go about playing footy and not let [the father-son discussion] distract you. It doesn't really matter that I'm tied to a club. They've got the rights over me, but it's up to them whether they want to take that or not take it, I just have to play my footy to the best I can and see what happens at the end of the year," he said.

    "It would be pretty special playing at the same club my dad did. Obviously 'Hunts' can keep the number (Hunter wears Scott West's No.7), because he doesn't look like he's leaving any time soon, but as long as I'm there in the same colours I think it would be pretty special to Dad, too. But we'll have to wait and see."

    A MONTH training at the Western Bulldogs last year has made Rhylee West confident he is good enough to reach the top level as the draft prospect aims to emulate his father's career.

    The Dogs have first access at this year's NAB AFL Draft to the 17-year-old, who is the son of club great and seven-time best and fairest winner Scott West, who played 324 games between 1993-2008.

    Similar to his dad, West is a shorter midfielder with a knack of winning the footy, and his stint at the Bulldogs as part of the NAB AFL Academy has solidified his self-belief.

    "That was one of the greatest experiences I've had that will help me understand what you need to be to be an AFL footballer," West told AFL.com.au.

    "Whether it's the Dogs or any other club, it's such a great experience to be exposed to elite training, elite facilities, elite habits and what it really takes to be a footballer.

    "I was there for about a month which gave me a bit of extra time to get to know the boys better and feel more confident in drills and stuff, so it was good to go down and see how I'd go against people who have already made it."

    The Calder Cannon missed a large chunk of last season with a stress fracture in his foot, but his competitiveness has stood out during the Academy's training sessions in America on its high performance camp this week.

    He would follow a line of players – Mitch Wallis, Tom Liberatore and Lachie Hunter – to come out of Melbourne school St Kevin's College and join the Dogs as a father-son pick if the club grabs him later this year.

    "You have to go about playing footy and not let [the father-son discussion] distract you. It doesn't really matter that I'm tied to a club. They've got the rights over me, but it's up to them whether they want to take that or not take it, I just have to play my footy to the best I can and see what happens at the end of the year," he said.

    "It would be pretty special playing at the same club my dad did. Obviously 'Hunts' can keep the number (Hunter wears Scott West's No.7), because he doesn't look like he's leaving any time soon, but as long as I'm there in the same colours I think it would be pretty special to Dad, too. But we'll have to wait and see."

    Rhylee West handballs during a drill in Florida.
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    West is focused on improving his endurance this pre-season, as well as polishing his kicking. The Academy's training camp at the world-class centre in Florida was a starting point for that, and also included individual testing at the Gatorade Sports Science Institute.

    "We've been exposed to the facilities and I've just been trying to use them as much as we can," he said. "We've done things that you can't do in Melbourne for your training, so I've tried to make the most of that."

    He's also made the most of his father's football knowledge. West describes Scott as his "biggest teacher", drawing on his experience at the Dogs and as one of the game's premier midfielders.

    "The achievements he's had through his career just makes me hungry for what I want to do in mine," he said.

    "I've always looked up to him and I want to be as good as him. Obviously that's going to be hard, but it puts what I want my ceiling to be a little bit higher than some of the boys that come through. It's a motivation factor that is pretty good, I think."
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    Re: Dogs' prospect a true son of the West

    I see he has his dad's #7.
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    Re: Dogs' prospect a true son of the West

    So he's short and injury prone. He's probably not really any good at all. If I was another club I wouldn't bother bidding on him in the draft.

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    Re: Dogs' prospect a true son of the West

    Quote Originally Posted by Axe Man View Post
    So he's short and injury prone. He's probably not really any good at all. If I was another club I wouldn't bother bidding on him in the draft.
    We could always "Hunter" him this year...
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    Re: Dogs' prospect a true son of the West

    Quote Originally Posted by Mofra View Post
    We could always "Hunter" him this year...

    Maybe that's what we are doing with Oliver Liberatore. You don't hear much about him although he isn't due until next year is he?
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    After speaking to Obie for about fourty-five minutes on the telephone we
    Finally arrived at the truth of the matter and said that we had to go down
    And pick up the garbage, and also had to go down and speak to him at the
    Police officer's station. So we got in the red vw microbus with the
    Shovels and rakes and implements of destruction and headed on toward the
    Police officer's station.

    Now friends, there was only one or two things that Obie coulda done at
    The police station, and the first was he could have given us a medal for
    Being so brave and honest on the telephone, which wasn't very likely, and
    We didn't expect it, and the other thing was he could have bawled us out
    And told us never to be seen driving garbage around the vicinity again,
    Which is what we expected, but when we got to the police officer's station
    There was a third possibility that we hadn't even counted upon, and we was
    Both immediately arrested. Handcuffed. And I said "Obie, I don't think I
    Can pick up the garbage with these handcuffs on. " He said, "Shut up, kid.
    Get in the back of the patrol car. "




    Arlo Guthrie

    WOOF NUMBER 6

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