Jake Patmore has been drafted to the Port Adelaide Football Club in the 2017 AFL Draft on Friday evening in Sydney.
The 18 year old, who has affiliations with the Ngati Maru Tribe (the same tribe as Dustin Martin) played alongside fellow Draftee Conner Ballenden from the Brisbane Lions in the 2016 AFL Academy game against the New Zealand National side in Albany, Auckland.
Patmore reckons he’ll feel right at home at Port Adelaide.
The highly-rated Claremont midfielder-defender felt the pressure after slipping all the way down to pick 58 in last night’s draft before the Power swooped.
But after having his future secured, Patmore couldn’t be happier that he’s headed for South Australia.
“It was tough, especially with all my friends and family around, I was getting a bit nervous, I didn’t want to embarrass myself,” he said of the wait to hear his name called.
“Very happy with Port Adelaide. Dad lives over there so I can’t wait to get stuck into it.
“I was pretty close with Sam Powell-Pepper throughout the 18s when I played as an under ager last year so it will be good to see him as well.”
Patmore was welcomed to the club with phone calls from coach Ken Hinkley and star recruit Tom Rockliff.
“It’s a surreal experience really hearing them talking to you,” he said. “I’m very excited.”
Patmore, 18, is hoping to emulate Powell-Pepper by playing senior footy in his debut season.
But having already shed 10kg to boost his chances of being drafted, he knows he’s got some work to do to be considered.
“It’s definitely something I’ll aspire towards,” he said. “I think I probably need to put on a bit more muscle and things like that.
“If I put my mind to it and think I can do anything at the moment so very happy.”
Patmore said he was buoyed by how many fellow West Australians got their chance in the draft, with 15 taken.
That included eight from the under 18s squad, which finished runner up in the national carnival after going in as rank underdogs.
“Our motto going into the 18s was play as a team and the benefits will come,” he said. “You can see that now with all the people being drafted and how we played, we won three games out of the four. It’s amazing.”
Jake Patmore draft profile
Rep teams: Claremont, Western Australia