Swans swoop on Towers in AFL National Draft

REIGNING premier Sydney Swans have pounced on exciting VFL talent Dean Towers after a break-out year with the North Ballarat Roosters.
Nanjing Night Net

The Swans used their first selection in last night’s AFL national draft to recruit Towers, who is from Kawarren in the Otway Ranges.

Sydney secured him with pick 22 near the end of the first round.

Towers, 22, who followed the draft from home with his family, said he was excited to have been selected so early and to be going to a club which such a great culture.

“It’s brilliant,” he said.

He admitted to getting “the shakes” before he saw his name come up.

Towers said Sydney had been the first club to get in touch with him before the national combine and had maintained interest right through the lead-up to the draft.

“I was hoping they’d take me,” he said.

Roosters coach Gerard FitzGerald is rapt that Towers will get an opportunity at the highest level.

“It’s a good story for Dean and the city,” he said.

“Here’s a young man who has come to Ballarat because of what it is able to offer – a VFL pathway and a university.

“Now he is getting an opportunity to play with a great AFL club.”

Towers continues the trend of late bloomers to play in the AFL via the Roosters.

Having played his early football with Otway District in the Colac District league and then Colac Tigers in the Geelong league, Towers had just the two seasons with North Ballarat.

He played a just a handful of senior games in 2011 before not only becoming a regular in the midfield this year, but one of the VFL’s biggest young stars.

Towers was part of the first intake to the new VFL academy, represented the VFL against Tasmania and won the Fothergill-Round Medal as the best under-23 player in the competition.

Cam Richardson (North Melbourne 2010), Stephen Clifton (Greater Western Sydney 2010), Isaac Smith (Hawthorn 2010) and Orren Stephenson (Geelong 2011) are among the latest players to have joined AFL clubs via the Roosters.

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Lachie Whitfield (front) leads his new GWS teammates in celebrating their selection.

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