Westbrook’s Braeden Campbell has caught the eye of recruiters.
Braeden Campbell & Errol Gulden, both part of the Sydney Swans Academy, have caught the eye of recruiters at the national under-18 championships, which finished this week.
Several club recruiters contacted by the Herald rate Campbell, 17, as a first-round pick in the 2020 draft, with one saying he could be a potential top-10 selection.
Campbell, who has played mainly on a wing, stands at 178 cm and is a long left-foot kick who has impressed with his speed, power and clean hands. Campbell turned his hand to the Sherrin aged 9 after missing out on a representative team in the round-ball code. His father had not played until he was 25 but wished he had taken the game up earlier and did not want his son to come to the sport too late as well. Up until then, Campbell said, he had not been aware of the game.
“Dad taught me a fair bit before I started playing. He taught me the basics, how to kick the ball. The Swans (and Westbrook! – editor) taught me most things, that’s how I improved,” Campbell said.