Drew off to Port Adelaide in draft

North Ballarat Rebels midfielder Willem Drew will now call Port Adelaide home.

The contested ball winner will ply his trade under the watch of fellow south-west product Ken Hinkley at Alberton Oval after he was selected at pick 33 in Friday night’s AFL National Draft.

Drew capitalised on a stellar season where he represented Vic Country and finished runner-up in TAC Cup club North Ballarat Rebels’ best and fairest award.

Port Adelaide national recruiting manager Geoff Parker praised Drew’s “engine” on the club’s website. 

"Willem is a North Ballarat boy, has a big engine as a medium mid,” he said.

“He can earn multiple possession(s) in the chain and had a strong year in a pretty good side at the Rebels."

Drew, at 188cm, was one of three medium-sized midfielders picked up by the Power and will continue a rich family tradition in the AFL. Rebels talent manager Phil Partington said Drew was “speechless” after the news.

Willem Drew takes part in the national draft combines agility test.

Willem Drew takes part in the national draft combines agility test.