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AFL draft 2020: West Coast Eagles draftee Isiah Winder reflects on whirlwind week since getting drafted

Drafted on Wednesday night. Moving to Perth on Friday. Rubbing shoulders with Liam Ryan and Tim Kelly on Monday.

The past week has been a whirlwind for West Coast draftee Isiah Winder.

The Peel Thunder product, selected with pick 57 in the national draft, Winder was on his way up the Forrest Highway from his hometown of Bunbury less than 48 hours later to start his new life.

The exciting midfielder-forward spent plenty of time with two of the Eagles’ superstars in All-Australian pair Ryan and Kelly on day one of his pre-season at Mineral Resources Park.

He couldn’t imagine anyone better to show him the ropes.

“They’re probably the main two that I got around today,” Winder said.

Draftee Isiah Winder hits the training track for the first time as an Eagle.
Camera IconDraftee Isiah Winder hits the training track for the first time as an Eagle. Credit: Nic Ellis/The West Australian

“They’ve taken me under their wing at the moment. I’m just trying to take it all in and watch how the guys move around and how they do things.

“I like to think I do different things (on the field) and I couldn’t have a better person teach me than Liam Ryan.”

Winder admits to some nervous moments during the marathon four-hour national draft, with his name not called out until late in the piece.

The Eagles drafted South Australian Luke Edwards with their first selection (52), before swooping on the former Eaton Boomer five picks later.

“I got a bit nervous towards the end and didn’t actually know if I was going to end up with them (West Coast),” he said.

“I kind of had a little bit of an idea but I was very surprised when it happened.”

Winder already has three senior games under his belt this year at Peel, something he feels will hold him in good stead heading into his first season on an AFL list.

He expects to start as a forward in the reserves before working his way into the engine room.

Isiah Winder shares a light-hearted moment with the media.
Camera IconIsiah Winder shares a light-hearted moment with the media. Credit: Paul Kane/via AFL Photos

“Senior footy is so much different to playing colts footy so to be out there and to learn from a few ex-AFL players will give me a lot of confidence now I’m in the AFL system,” Winder said.

“I think they want me to start forward then hopefully work my way into the midfield.”

The 18-year-old was excited to land at the Eagles alongside a fellow State Academy graduate in Swan Districts midfielder Zane Trew.

Trew was picked up in the rookie draft on Thursday morning and the pair got to train together today.

“I’m so happy Trewy landed here with me,” Winder said.

“We got along really well in the academy so I’m happy for him to be here with me.”

As for whether his nickname ‘The Wiz’, given to him at the Thunder, has transferred across at his new club?

“Nah, not yet. We might have to try and get it out there,” Winder joked.

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