When you’re trying to reach the top level, having the immense skill and leadership qualities that Deven Robertson possess helps.
So does having a famous uncle to lean on for some tips.
WA Under-18s skipper and Larke Medal winner Robertson is set to be one of the AFL Draft’s earliest picks come next Wednesday night, with the midfielder projected by many to go as high as the top ten.
Not bad for someone who experts said “lacked polish” and was “slow” just 12 months ago.
“There were quite a few knocks on my game with regards to fitness, kicking, my speed,” the midfielder told 7NEWS.
“I came out and proved a lot of those people wrong.”
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Providing a guide throughout has been Darren Glass, Robertson’s uncle, who rose to become one of West Coast’s greatest-ever defenders and a club captain through 270 games.
“I always remember going to the footy to watch Uncle Daz,” Robertson said.
“He’s someone I 100 per cent trust. His feedback for me carries a lot of weight.”
Glass said he chats regularly and provides advice for his nephew – but didn’t want to claim too much credit.
“I’ve been a little bit of a mentor to him, but to be honest, he’s got the drive and passion all from himself and that’s the most important part,” he said.