By ZAC MILBANK
Woodville-West Torrens will head up to the APY Lands this week as it looks to unearth indigenous talent from its regional zone.
Eagles premiership coach Jade Sheedy will be joined by Chief Executive Luke Powell and League Director Dave Couzner in conducting talent exhibition matches in Amata on Wednesday and Mutitjulu on Thursday.
Speaking on SANFL Radio, Sheedy – who will be making his first trip to the far north of the state – said they would also be fostering the community’s connection with the club by taking up Eagles merchandise and the Thomas Seymour Hill Trophy.
Sheedy said he had been thoroughly enjoying the celebrations after his side won its first League flag since 2011, with several loyal fans and members overjoyed with the victory against North Adelaide.
A host of senior players – including captain Luke Thompson, defender Pat Giuffreda, wingman Matt Goldsworthy and ruckman Jarrad Redden – have indicated they will play on in 2021.
This could provide the club with great stability for its premiership defence next year, considering powerful backman Lachlan Jones is thought to be the only certainty to be selected in December’s AFL Draft.
Interest has been shown in fellow premiership players James Rowe, Jacob Wehr and Lachie McNeil, who all played vital roles in defeating South Adelaide and North Adelaide in the major round.