Without having any in depth knowledge on the issue mentioned in the OP, I suspect the line of thinking above might be pretty accurate.The WB do have a bit of a problem. Birds of a feather flock together and if you don't have any indigenous players it is harder to attract them via trade. It is a temporary problem.
Another question is whether FA and increased players movement and the NGA's lead to fewer indigenous players at Vic clubs?
- NGA should mean more indigenous players, but more are now aligned directly to non-Vic clubs and don't go into the draft.
- player movement will mean more indigenous players able to go to their home state
I don't know.
It's no different than where a player wants to live for family/life style reasons ect, most people want to feel comfortable where ever they are so I can see why some young aboriginal players would prefer to go to clubs with a number of other indigenous blokes already on the list. I imagine it would help a lot with the learning/transition factor for new draftees too.