AFL trades 2021: West Coast recruit Sam Petrevski-Seton outlines plan to break into Eagles’ strong midfield

Craig O’DonoghueThe West Australian
Sam Petrevski-Seton has joined West Coast from Carlton.
Camera IconSam Petrevski-Seton has joined West Coast from Carlton. Credit: Simon Santi/The West Australian

West Coast recruit Sam Petrevski-Seton admits he faces a summer slog to improve his repeat efforts during games as part of his bid to break into the strong Eagles midfield.

Petrevski-Seton joined West Coast from Carlton last week and immediately spoke of a desire to play as an onballer.

His fitness was queried both before the Blues drafted him and while he was at the club, but Petrevski-Seton said it was more the repeat efforts that had been holding him back and he’d be focusing on that when training resumes.

“Hopefully coming over here with a fresh start will enable me to be able to play mid,” he said.

“My fitness isn’t a real worry. It’s more the repeat efforts side of things. I’m OK with being able to cover the ground, it’s more how can I get better and improve with my fitness in shorter, sharper stuff.

“I’m coming down with a mindset and work rate to train it. The more I train it, the more I can improve it.”

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The Blues selected Petrevski-Seton with pick six at the 2016 national draft but traded him for just pick 52 after struggling to find a consistent position for him to play.

The former Claremont youngster said that lack of a position played a part in his move and new coach Michael Voss couldn’t convince him to stay.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 25: Sam Petrevski-Seton of the Blues in action during the 2021 AFL Round 02 match between the Carlton Blues and the Collingwood Magpies at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on March 25, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images)
Camera IconSam Petrevski-Seton spent five years at the Blues. Credit: Michael Willson/AFL Photos/AFL Photos via Getty Images

He said the Eagles had already painted strong picture for him and he looked forward to re-acquainting himself with former teammates and friends.

“I played footy with a few of these players,” he said.

“Tom Barrass was my captain at Claremont, I played with Jakey (Waterman), he was a Claremont boy. Josh Rotham I played with and against. I played against Alex Witherden and went to school with Willie Rioli for a year. There’s some familiar faces here.”

One of the other advantages of being in WA is Petrevski-Seton will be able to see his family.

He will return home to remote community in Halls Creek in the coming weeks to promote the importance of getting vaccinated and can’t wait to see his family again.

“I haven’t seen my family for just over a year now. It’s quite a while but I’m back in my home state now and hopefully I get the chance to see them a couple of times a year,” he said.

“I’m really looking forward to getting up there in the next couple of weeks to help promote the community and town in getting vaccinated. I’m doing my part in that area.”

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