Top Ea­gles draft pick set­tling in

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - SPORT -

WEST Coast Ea­gles top draft pick Luke Part­ing­ton is set­tling in to life as an AFL foot­baller.

Speak­ing at Bel­mont Pri­mary School while run­ning a com­mu­nity camp with Ea­gles stop­page coach Dean Cox, Part­ing­ton said he was lov­ing life in WA since be­ing drafted from South Aus­tralia.

He was en­joy­ing it so so much he signed a one-year con­tract ex­ten­sion with the Ea­gles, even though he has not played a game.

The quick mid­fielder said he was never go­ing to say no.

“The club ap­proached me to sign and I have loved it here, so no hes­i­ta­tion,” he said.

The 18-year-old was taken as the Ea­gles’ top draft pick in last year’s AFL draft in Novem­ber with pick num­ber 28.

De­spite the heat­wave in Perth, the club was still out on the track pre­par­ing for the 2016 sea­son.

He said he was happy with the way things were track­ing.

“I have been able to get out there most days,” he said.

“The num­ber one thing is to get out there and I am start­ing to feel the ben­e­fits now.”

The Ea­gles sur­prised most peo­ple by ris­ing up the lad­der last year and went to the AFL Grand Fi­nal, even­tu­ally los­ing to Hawthorn by 46 points at the MCG.

With all of the Ea­gles’ key play­ers stick­ing around, as well as the ad­di­tion of Lewis Jetta and Jack Red­den com­ing in, Part­ing­ton is go­ing to find it hard to break into that mid­field.

“I am train­ing in the mid­field at the mo­ment,” he said.

“Ev­ery club has got their se­nior play­ers who have ce­mented a spot in the team and it is about wait­ing for an op­por­tu­nity and mak­ing the most of it.”

The West Coast Ea­gles will play the first of three pre-sea­son games when they travel to South Aus­tralia to take on Ade­laide at Un­ley Oval.

The Ea­gles will then be­gin the home and away sea­son with a match at Su­bi­aco Oval on March 27 against the Bris­bane Lions.

Luke Part­ing­ton is feel­ing at home with the Ea­gles.

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