Thanks to his older brother, Callum Ah Chee goes into the AFL draft with his eyes wide open.
Port Adelaide recruited Brendon Ah Chee in the 2011 draft but injuries and inconsistent form meant he didn’t make his senior debut until this season.
Callum considers Brendon his mentor and has come over from WA to stay with him ahead of Tuesday night’s draft at the Adelaide Convention Centre.
A day out from the draft, AFL talent manager Kevin Sheehan noted the younger brother was learning continually about what his life is about to become.
“The reality is his brother was doing a 3km time trial this morning – so Call knows the serious world of AFL is just around the corner for him,” Sheehan said.
Callum has played senior football for South Fremantle in the WA league and is rated the state’s top prospect in this draft.
He loves to fly for a mark and is a skilled half-forward.
While Ah Chee will go in the first round, he said on Monday the destination is unclear.
“It’s actually pretty exciting, having that feeling of uncertainty, I guess, and not knowing where you’re going to go,” he said.
Asked if Port Adelaide would be his ideal club, Ah Chee replied: “Not really, to be honest – I’d be happy to go to any club and to get on a list would be a dream come true.”
Wherever he goes, Ah Chee said his older brother had given him plenty of advice.
“He’s been through exactly the same thing, so it’s good to have him there as a mentor,” he said.
“He’s made it a bit more real for me. He’s been awesome.
“He’s taught me that it’s been hard – it’s hard work and you can’t expect things to come easily.”