Harrison Petty feeling the nerves ahead of AFL draft

AFL DRAFT: Harrison Petty said he was feeling nervous ahead of the draft. Picture: afl.com.au
AFL DRAFT: Harrison Petty said he was feeling nervous ahead of the draft. Picture: afl.com.au

Harrison Petty said nerves were building ahead of the AFL draft later this month.

Petty, originally from Wudinna, took part in both the recent national draft combine and the state draft combine just over a week later, although his time in the national combine was cut short due to injury.

“I didn’t really get the chance to test at the national combine because I rolled my ankle on the first day, but I was able to test at the state combine,” he said.

“I was pretty happy with what I did at the state combine, although I was hoping for a bit better of a score on the 20 metre sprint.”

Petty does not believe the injury, which took place during kicking trials, has ruled him out of draft contention.

“I don’t think the injury would have hurt my chances because they were able to see me at the state combine,” he said.

“I still feel I am a chance to be drafted.”

The AFL draft will take place in Sydney on Friday, November 24, while the pre-season and rookie drafts will be held on Monday, November 27.

The Year 12 student is currently undergoing his final school examinations and said it would the realisation of a lifelong dream to be selected by an AFL club.

“Right now I am waiting around for the draft and I am a little confident, but also very nervous,” he said.

“It has always been my dream to play AFL footy.”

Petty is seen as a chance to be one of the first 25 picks as clubs look to strengthen their key position stocks and he is rated as one of the best tall defenders available at the draft.

The 194 centimetre Norwood player enjoyed a strong 2017 season, having been named South Australia’s most valuable player at the AFL under 18 championships and also awarded All Australian honours for his performances at the carnival where he averaged 12 disposals and four marks.

It was his first season in the elite talent pathway after his time at Wudinna.

Petty said he was coming off a strong year and his versatility would be an asset to an AFL team.

“It was a pretty good year for me, I was happy to play consistently throughout the year and was able to represent the state,” he said.

“I have played both forward and in the back, so I can offer versatility.

“With my height, my overhead marking and intercept marking is a strength.”