The Brisbane Lions have selected Deven Robertson from Perth with Pick No. 22 at the 2019 NAB AFL Draft.
Robertson, a big-bodied midfielder Captained the winning West Australian team at the Under-18 National Championships. During the competition he averaged 30 disposals per game and was awarded the Larke Medal.
The 18-year-old is respected by his peers for his leadership and hard at the footy contest. The Lions National Recruiting Manager Steve Conole said the Club are thrilled to welcome Robertson into the fold. “Deven had an outstanding draft year where he Captained the winning West Australian team at the Under-18 National Championships,” Conole said. “He’s a competitive young man, with outstanding leadership qualities. “We are excited to see what he will produce at the Lions.”
Welcome to the Den, Deven!
DRAFT slider Deven Robertson can finally breathe easy after getting picked by Brisbane with the first selection of the second round of the NAB AFL Draft at Marvel Stadium on Thursday night.
Selected with the 22nd pick overall, the Western Australia captain was stunningly overlooked on Wednesday night when he was the only player invited to the first round who wasn't taken. Robertson won the Larke Medal as the best player at this year's under-18 national championships and earned comparisons to courageous Geelong skipper Joel Selwood.
The only knock on Robertson is his kicking efficiency, however his inside clearance work and ability to find the ball are in the top echelon of this year's draftees.
cont.Brisbane Lions draftee Deven Robertson eyes Luke Hodge’s number
He felt “embarrassed” as he sat through the opening night of the AFL draft, but new Lion Deven Robertson had plenty of people reaching out. And now he might take on a famous number.
New Brisbane Lions’ hard nut Deven Robertson looks set to be handed Luke Hodge’s No.2 playing guernsey next week.
The Lions traditionally allow their top draft pick to have first choice of the vacant playing numbers after landing at the club.
And Robertson, who was considered one of the toughest and most prolific midfielders in the draft pool, has expressed an interest in taking on Hodge’s No.2 Lions’ jumper.
Robertson already counted Lachie Neale among his favourite players and will work the star onballer to refine his craft over summer.
“We did have the option to head home [after night 1] and watch it with the family, but I didn’t want to run away from what had happened,” Robertson said.
“I wanted to go home a drafted man.”
“Obviously being overlooked by so many clubs I do feel like I have an opportunity to maybe prove them wrong a little bit,” he said.
“But I definitely don’t hold any grudges against those clubs. I know it’s a business and if they had players rated higher than me then that’s what it is.
“I’m definitely not angry … but I do feel like I’ve got a bit of a point to prove, absolutely.”
He also apparently has a pretty good vinyl record collection. Fagan has a new favourite.“I’m on top of the world now. I can’t wipe the smile off my face and I couldn’t be happier to get to Brisbane.”