West Coast’s top draft Campbell Chaser club has no traditional introduction.
The only 2021 Eagles draft pick to pick from outside Western Australia, thanks to the state’s strict boundary rules, took more than a month to arrive from his home in Albury on the first day of club training.
Speaking in Sports Day WAChaser revealed that after being selected at Pick 14 by the West Coast, he had to drive to Adelaide and spend two weeks there, starting another two weeks quarantine before flying to Perth.
He came out of quarantine on January 6 and immediately joined his new teammates in training.
“It was too long, I drove exclusively to Perth, I drove to Adelaide and with the luggage allowed, the rules required me to spend two weeks out of the extreme risk zone,” Chaser said.
“I was in New South Wales at the time and obviously there’s a lot going on.
“I went to Adelaide for two weeks, drove there, which was 10 hours north and then my car was being sent and I flew to Perth and spent two weeks in quarantine and at the club which is excellent now.
“I was training with Glenelg (when I was in South Australia) and the club had a kind of setup and it was nice to be there.
“I had two pairs of crows that were interstate, like Sam Berry, Nick Murray, Jose Rachel, these guys from Victoria.
“So I had some friends (in Adelaide) and some friends in Glenelg. They were really welcome and there is an excellent training setup. “
Despite the long journey and the indefinite distance from home, Chaser feels well-prepared for life in Western Australia.
“I was fortunate in a sense that I went to boarding school in Melbourne grammar for four years,” said the former Sandringham Dragon.
“I am an Albury boy and moved to Melbourne four hours away from home so I think I am well equipped to come (to Perth).
“It didn’t bother me much. The reality is that not all 18 teams are in Melbourne, but the weather here is incredible and the boys are really welcoming.”
Chaser immediately hit the spotlight on Draft Night which was presented to him thanks to the large size of the West Coast.
As you can imagine, social media had a lot of fun with it.
“Yeah Al that sounds pretty crap to me, Looks like BT aint for me either. Looks like BT aint for me either.
“Some of my friends have shown me some of the content posted on social media and I had a good laugh at it.
“It didn’t bother me much. I wasn’t very focused on the jumper’s fit. I was late at night so I didn’t go to the draft night in particular. I was at the hotel with the family, maybe the first or second round which happened on two different nights.”
“So I don’t want to go there and pick up. I was close and after calling me we were a little late to the event, but it was so crazy. Someone from AFL gave me a jumper and I think it was 2XL.”