WEST Australian draft prospect Deven Robertson has some handy people in his corner as he pushes to be picked by an AFL club this year.

The hard-working and competitive midfielder is the nephew of former Eagles skipper, and current Hawthorn assistant coach, Darren Glass.

And recently, Robertson also caught up with West Coast Brownlow medallist Matt Priddis for a chat about his game.

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Robertson, who will skipper his state into the NAB AFL Under-18 Championships, which begin for WA this weekend, joins the Road to the Draft podcast to chat about the influence of the star AFL duo.

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In this week's episode ...

We hear from Western Australia's under-18 captain Deven Robertson, review the under-18 championships and look over the standout performances from last weekend, chat with WA talent manager Adam Jones and answer all of your Twitter questions. 

Deven Robertson, pictured at the 2018 U18 Championships, joins this week's show. Picture: AFL Photos

Episode guide

1:15 – A full wrap of the opening game of the under-18 carnival, played between Vic Country and Vic Metro.

6:00 – Draft prospect Deven Robertson joins the show to discuss his progress ahead of the championships.

9:25 – The midfielder chats about the changes he's made to improve his fitness and running capacity.

11:45 – Robertson discusses the tips Priddis gave him over a coffee.

17:50 – State talent manager Adam Jones goes through some of the leading prospects in Western Australia this year.

19:20 – Why is there so much hype around Fremantle NGA prospect Liam Henry?

24:15 – The player Jones believes will put their name on the draft map across the carnival.

25:40 – All your Twitter questions answered, including what the Bulldogs should do with their first selection.