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Hams the newest Bomber

New Don: Will Hams of Inverloch has been drafted by Essendon.

WILL Hams will be donning the red and black for 2013 after Essendon picked him up in the pre-season draft.

Hams was picked up by the Bombers with pick six and the Inverloch resident is excited about the draft.

“I was just super excited really when I found out; I suppose it’s been my dream to play AFL my whole life and when I got the call I was stoked,” he said.

The former Sale based footballer represented the region in the Gippsland Power squad this year as well as averaging 11.5 disposals in four games for Vic Country at the NAB AFL Under-18 Championships.

Hams said playing for the Power has set him up well for AFL.

“Peter Francis and Nick Stevens down there do a fantastic job getting the boys ready to play AFL footy.”

The small midfielder/defender said he is being welcomed at Essendon.

“It’s been really good. Everyone’s made me feel welcome and training’s been really good; tough but I’ve really enjoyed it,” he said.

“It’s a bit weird standing up there next to Jobe Watson and some of the other boys but it’s good.”

Hams is also preparing for a bit of extra training over the summer with fellow Bomber Dyson Heppell.

“I think I’ll be doing a bit of training over the summer with Heps (Heppell) at Inverloch and hopefully he gets me into shape and the season goes well.

List manager Adrian Dodoro said the 18-year-old trained with the club in the past week and possessed a never-say-die attitude that would be a welcomed addition to the red and black.

“He has trained with us in the last week and demonstrated how professional he is in the way he goes about his football,” Dodoro said.
“He has an elite engine and is a left-footer.
“He has the courage to play inside and out and has also demonstrated that he has a good goal sense.”
His relentless attack on the football as well as the opposition are a real feature of his game.

“With these terrific qualities, we thought he was the best player available at the selection today so we’re thrilled to have him at the club,” Dodoro said.

Before being drafted Hams was a Richmond supporter but since last week he said he thinks the whole family will be swapping to the Bombers now.

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