South Australian Luke Partington was West Coast's first pick in the 2015 national draft.
West Coast careerEdit
Originally from Eyre Peninsula town Tumby Bay, Partington played juniors with Port Adelaide before a zone shift saw him allocated to Norwood. Despite the tragic loss of his father Brian in a mining accident in February 2015, Partington fought his way back to earn All-Australian honours at the under-18s carnival before being picked up by West Coast.
On being drafted, Partington was described as a hard-working midfielder with good speed, excellent endurance and able to use the ball exceptionally well by hand and foot. Before taking the field for West Coast, he signed an extension to his rookie contract tying him to the club for a third year in a mutual show of faith. Partington spent most of his rookie year in the midfield in East Perth's senior side, showing reasonable form without ever really pressing for an AFL call-up.
He was a strong contributor for the Royals in 2017, eventually being given a senior debut late in the year when his WAFL form proved impossible to ignore. Partington performed well at the higher level despite being played out of position as a forward, and was part of the club's victorious Elimination Final side, although he lost his spot for the following week.
Partington found himself on the outer with the match committee in 2018. Despite putting up big numbers at East Perth and winning the Royals' best and fairest (in a three-way tie with Matthew Allen and Patrick McGinnity), he failed to win senior selection at any stage.
24/11/15: Eagles draft four interstaters
5/2/16: Partington signs extension
- ↑ Callum Twomey, afl.com.au (29 October 2015), "Luke Partington overcame adversity to star for SA": http://www.afl.com.au/news/2015-10-29/26-days-to-the-draft-luke-partington-overcame-adversity-to-star-for-sa
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