A standout performance in the NAB AFL Under 18 Championships has seen Northam footy product Deven Robertson named as one of 16 Western Australian players heading to the national AFL draft combine, but the youngster will have to miss the call-up due to injury.
Held over four days in October, Robertson was due to travel to Melbourne to prove himself worthy of a draft pick, but it has since been reported that a shoulder injury he sustained in the championship finals will need surgery in the coming weeks.
Prospects needed to be nominated by at least four clubs to head to the national Combine, with state combine lists set to be revealed in coming weeks.
The star midfielder has been in contention to be taken as a top-10 pick when the AFL draft is held in November, after taking out the Larke Medal as the carnival's best player while captaining Western Australia to their first victory in a decade.
His performances across the four games were outstanding, as he averaged a staggering 30 disposals and was among WA's best players in each contest.
In the final against Vic Metro he amassed 28 disposals, six clearances and eight tackles in an inspiring effort, which was phenomenally his lowest numbers of the campaign as he broke into 30 disposals in each of the remaining games.
Since finishing the national championships in style, Robertson has been named the skipper of the All Australian line-up, alongside five other WA teammates.
Robertson grew up in Northam playing his junior footy with Saints, before moving to Perth to attend boarding school.