Friday, November 29, 2019 - 4:28 PM

The East Fremantle Football Club would like to congratulate Luke Jackson, Jeremy Sharp, Trent Rivers, Chad Warner and Trey Ruscoe for their selection in the 2019 AFL Draft.

Luke Jackson became arguably one of the most talked about players in the lead up to the Draft, with his raw talent attracting recruiters. The Bullcreek-Leeming junior was selected by Melbourne with pick three, the highest selection from Western Australian. Jackson also became the first ruckman picked in the top five of the national draft since Nic Naitanui in 2008.

Jeremy Sharp capped an incredible football year, drafted by the Gold Coast Suns with pick 27. A back-to-back All Australian, Sharp made his league debut for the Sharks in 2019, registering six games. The Gold Coast Suns recruiting team sprung a surprise twist in Round 2 of the draft trading up the order to get the Attadale junior.

Trent Rivers will be joining close friend Luke Jackson at the Demons after he was selected with pick 32. Another Shark to earn All-Australian honours, Rivers brings speed, class and versatility to his role off half-back. Another product from the Bullcreek Leeming junior club, Rivers kicked 10 goals, averaged 27 possessions, 5 marks, 5 tackles and 5 inside 50s in just nine games with the Sharks.

The Sydney Swans selected Chad Warner with pick 39 on Thursday night. Warner is a medium midfielder who impressed with his aggressive attack on the ball and his opponent when representing Western Australia in the 2019 AFL Under-18 Championships, averaging 18.2 disposals (50 per cent contested), 3.2 clearances and 6.8 tackles. The Willeton junior was a prolific ball-winner in the Colts, averaging 27.1 disposals, 7.4 tackles and 6.4 clearances in nine matches.

With its third and final pick (55) in the 2019 AFL Draft, Collingwood selected Trey Ruscoe. Ruscoe is a tall defender who is a real competitive beast, loving one-on-one contests using his strength and body positioning to great effect. The Booragoon junior has strong hands overhead and averaged 14.8 disposals 5.2 marks and 3.5 tackles across the four matches. Prior to the 2019 NAB AFL Under-18 Championships, he played all his football as a midfielder or forward. The move to defence has added another string to his bow.

Best of luck to our Sharks in their AFL endeavours.