Ryan Borchet’s fairytale season reached new heights on Tuesday night when the athletic Subiaco forward was named WAFL player of the future by the WA Football Media Guild.
Borchet, 22, played a crucial role in Subiaco’s premiership campaign with 42 goals from 18 games, sidling up alongside prolific spearhead Ben Sokol (51 goals).
Despite finishing third in the Bernie Naylor Medal, the spring-heeled Kalgoorlie Railways product was surprised to be recognised for his efforts.
“I got a message from the footy manager last week, telling me to come to this awards night,” Borchet said.
“He said there was only three of us going — me, Sok (Sokol) and Dela (Sandover medallist Lachlan Delahunty).
“I was like ‘why am I invited to this thing?’ He said ‘you’re winning an award, mate, and I was like ‘yeah, whatever’.
“It was a bit of a shock but I’m obviously honoured to win the award. There’s a lot of good young WAFL players.”
Borchet has crept onto the radar of AFL recruiters since winning his first senior State league flag.
While an opportunity is unlikely to come this year,Borchet has joined the stable of WA-based manager Paul Peos with an eye to the future.
“There’s been a little bit more interest after the grand final, but no AFL clubs have come directly to me,” Borchet said.
“I just went and got myself a manager, who contacted me after the season.
“Talking to the coaches, they’re really keen for me to come back and give it a good crack next year.”
Borchet has been running regularly during the off-season and returns to full training with Subiaco in early December.