Wheatbelt footballers promoted to AFL main stage

Two Wheatbelt teenagers' dreams have come true, being selected by teams in the 2019 NAB AFL National Draft last week.

Liam Henry, from Tammin, and Deven Robertson, from Northam, will be aiming to play on the main stage next year as part on the Fremantle Dockers and Brisbane Lions.

Henry, a graduate of Fremantle's Next Generation Academy, was picked up at number 9 by the club, matching a bid by Carlton Football Club.

The half forward played four games for Claremont in the WAFL Colts competition, averaging 23 disposals.

Speaking to the Fremantle Dockers, Next Generation Academy coach Tendai Mzungu said Henry would fit in well with the club.

"He has a lot of upside in him and he had a lot of improving to do, he's one to track over the next few years," Mzungu said.

"He's a very polished player, he moves very well through traffic and can use the ball exceptionally well. He had a great carnival for WA in the under 18s and he showed off his talent there.

"He's been great to work with, he had an opportunity to train at the club last year to see what he was like and he thrived in that environment.

"I know he's learned off a few of the other players. He worked really closely with Michael Walters and sat down with Bradley Hill when here was here, and picked their brains. He's a sponge for knowledge and I think he'll develop really well."

Robertson, who captained the winning WA state team at the Under-18 National Championships earlier this year, was selected at pick 22 by the Brisbane Lions.

The 18-year-old midfielder was named as one of 16 Western Australian players heading to the national AFL draft combine, but missed the call-up due to a shoulder injury sustained in the championship finals.

Lions national recruiting manager Steve Conole said Robertson was a good addition to the side.

"Deven had an outstanding draft year where he captained the winning West Australian team at the Under-18 National Championships," he said.

"He's a competitive young man, with outstanding leadership qualities.

"We are excited to see what he will produce at the Lions."