Elijah Hewett who will pick him, interested in club, player profile, former baseball player, Western Australia

Elijah Hewett who will pick him, interested in club, player profile, former baseball player, Western Australia

He’s a hardcore midfielder, but Elijah Hewett is also one of the hardest-to-break lunatics when it comes to this year’s AFL draft class.

Western Australia has produced some mouthwatering performances for both the WAFL Colts and Swan Territories, but the consistency of these efforts has waned and their impact has been definitely thwarted by Covid at the start of the season, which has been going for two months.

It was a tough setback for a player who was obsessed when it came to his preparation, whether it was his former passion for baseball or his current passion for football.

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«I outsource boxing coaches, so I box pretty regularly,» Hewett told foxfooty.com.au.

“I found a stretching coach who really helped me with my stretching and my ability to get into positions I wouldn’t have been able to do otherwise.

«My mobility has improved a lot and my condition has been good throughout the season.

«My outsourced gym program was written specifically for me and reduced to one iteration, that’s how obsessed it is.»

Hewett’s desire to prepare himself for football at the AFL level is remarkable, as the midfielder’s time in the WAFL exposes him to fierce competition and much larger bodies.

“Playing senior football is a great springboard and I hope next year you will know how to play AFL football instead of going from level one to level 10 right away,” he said.

“In terms of fitness, the training standards and just the overall gameplay were much higher quality, providing insight that I wouldn’t have otherwise possibly had. I think it’s been great and will probably pay dividends next year or the next.

“Some of the kids are huge in top football in the West. I think it’s like being able to take advantage of my strengths, my speed, my relentless dodge, and also my fitness.»

Hewett’s guns were on full display as he played for WA against Vic Metro at the AFL National Under-18 Championship opening in July.

That day, Hewett set Ikon Park on fire with 29 games high, 11 in the 50s, and two goals.

“I think it’s only a matter of time before I do a debut game to show people what I can really do because I haven’t been performing at the level I wanted this year. Hewett admitted.

“It was a great game to show what I can do. If I could do this consistently, I would probably be in a much better position.

What makes Hewett arguably the hardest player to read when auditioning is the mix of massive promises and less impressive performances.

Elijah Hewett is a wildcard in this year’s draft lineup (Photo by Kelly Defina/AFL Photos).Source: Provided

Hewett has met with St Kilda coach Ross Lyon, but the Saints are unlikely to pick him up with the #9 pick and their next pick, 28, is probably too deep for him to still be available.

It leaves the door ajar for the Saints to trade a future runoff pick to get a pick that could trap Hewett.

Essendon is also involved with Hewett but is again gambling on his availability in the 22nd election.

Adelaide is another club with its eye on Hewett, but poor draft hands means that at least one future pick will have to change hands to get a pick high enough to trap him.

Surprisingly, with the West Coast’s top three picks – 8, 12 and 20 – there is a chance to overlook Hewett; this is somewhat surprising given his Western Australian roots, but perhaps addresses the uncertainty surrounding Hewett’s output.

In any case, Hewett is ready for an interstate move.

“Of course the odds are against you if you want to stay in WA,” he said.

“I think I’ve definitely reconciled, and so have my family. We’re really excited to see what happens in the next few months.

«I’d love to move between states and grab an opportunity elsewhere and see what happens because if it’s the best for my long-term growth and opportunities, then I’m going to take it with both hands and run.»

While his production has declined at times, Hewett’s desire to get the most out of himself is driven by a surgical precision—an apt adage given his father’s profession.

«He’s a surgeon. I learned a lot of traits that are definitely applicable to football,» he said.

“It taught me perseverance and reaching really high expectations and greatness. For me it has never been about feeling inadequate and trying to achieve average goals, I really want to be the best and be at the top of my game relative to the rest of the competition.

“My father was very influential in this, forcing me to always have high expectations of myself and expected great things from me.

«I think the persistence in relentlessness, the quest for greatness is something I took from him, and it was incredible.»

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