AFTER last year being one of the most impressive bottom-age players in the draft pool, Will Phillips had his sights set on a big 2020.
But the Oakleigh Chargers midfielder hasn't played a game this year as the NAB League and schools system seasons were cancelled due to COVID-19.
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The potential top-10 pick joins the Road to the Draft podcast to discuss the challenges of being a Victorian draft prospect this season and how he has managed to stay positive, fit and resilient in a tough year.
Plus, Phillips nominates the gun midfielders that he looks up to and how he has tried to impress clubs without being able to take the field.
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This week's episode guide…
0:40 – The latest updates from around the country, including the Brisbane Academy prospect who shone in a Grand Final.
4:30 – Oakleigh Chargers midfielder Will Phillips joins the show to discuss this year.
5:40 – What's it been like to be a Victorian draftee this year? Phillips describes the 2020 rollercoaster.
7:45 – Phillips describes the work he's done off the field to ensure he is ready to join an AFL club.
12:00 – The tricks Phillips learned from playing with No.1 pick Matt Rowell last year.
16:00 – How Lachie Neale has proved a role model for the draft hopeful.
20:30 – Who will Essendon target at this year's NAB AFL Draft?
22:50 – Which inside midfielders could West Coast pursue?
27:50 – Will the Crows pull the trigger on bidding for Jamarra Ugle-Hagan at No.1?
32:05 – Is another Papley on his way to the AFL?
33:50 – The midfielder who shapes as a top-10 smokey.