FREMANTLE recruiter Adam Jones has been pegged as a vital part of rebuilding Western Australia's under-18 system, having been appointed the state's talent manager.
Jones, who has worked in recruiting for the past eight years and has been the Dockers' state recruiting manager since 2012, will take on the role after the recent departure of Raff Guadagnino.
The 31-year-old will lead the WAFC's talent portfolio alongside schools competitions manager Clayton Anderson, who will take on the role as the talent programs coordinator.
The restructure follows a poor night for the state at Tuesday night's NAB AFL Draft, with just three under-18 players – Callum Ah Chee, Josh Schoenfeld and Declan Mountford – joining clubs.
Yestin Eades, who relocated to North Ballarat this year from Perth was also taken, alongside four mature-aged players.
A number of WA prospects, including Kade Stewart and Jordan Snadden, are possible recruits at Friday's NAB AFL Rookie and Pre-Season Drafts.
Jones played 14 WAFL games with Subiaco and has also been a member of the football commission's talent pathway advisory committee for the past three years as the state plans to better develop its young prospects.
"I have played and been involved in the elite football industry for over 10 years now and this is a great opportunity not only for me and my career but also to help make a difference to football in WA," Jones said.
Former AFL players Ash McGrath and Mark McGough, along with WAFL premiership player Darren Rumble, have been appointed as coaches with the West Australian under-18 side.
Next year's crop of WA talent includes likely early choice Sam Petrevski-Seton and key defender Josh Rotham, but recruiters were concerned at the lack of success from the state's under-16 side at this year's championships.