The South West has produced its best draft crop in more than a decade, with three youngsters from the region landing their dream jobs at AFL clubs last week. It is the most new recruits from the region since 2009 — a draft which would yield more than 600 games and five premierships at the highest level. The trio were all taken in the AFL draft across Wednesday and Thursday, while Fremantle Dockers midfielder Connor Blakely also received an AFL lifeline. On Wednesday night, Busselton and East Perth sharpshooter Jye Amiss landed at the Dockers with the highest draft pick used on a South West player since Anthony Morabito joined the same club in 2009. At pick eight, Amiss also became the first of the 15 West Australian players to find homes in the draft. FULL ANALYSIS ON SOUTH WEST’S NEW TRIO OF AFL PLAYERS “It’s such a surreal feeling, I don’t have words at the moment,” he said. “I am just so excited. Thanks to Freo for the opportunity, any opportunity at this level to train and play has always been a dream.” On Thursday night it was a pair of South West midfielders that found themselves at AFL clubs. A jubilant Brady Hough celebrated with family and friends at their home in Harvey after having his name read out by the West Coast Eagles. It completes an incredible rise from country football to the big time in a little over 12 months and will continue the 18-year-old’s lifelong love affair with the club he has supported since he was a boy. I’ve barracked for them my whole life,” he told the South Western Times. “I had two interviews with them, but they didn’t give too much away and I didn’t expect to go at that pick.” For James Tunstill, the news he was heading to the Brisbane Lions came amid leavers celebrations in his home town of Busselton. Touted as a later pick, the silky on-baller shot up the draft board to be taken by the Lions with pick 41 after a stand-out season for East Perth. Western Australian draft expert Mick Ablett told Fox Footy the region was “on fire” on draft night and the Lions were getting a clean midfielder with an eye for goal. “It has been a fantastic night (for the South West),” he said. “I love him because he gets looks at goal, you want guys who can get forward of centre and get shots on goal and he is certainly one of them.” He becomes the seventh player to be drafted from the Busselton Magpies, but just the third to go in the AFL draft and the first ever to play for the Brisbane Lions. But the week wasn’t so sweet for Margaret River hopeful Kade Dittmar. The clearance beast and son of Port Adelaide SANFL player Mark was the only member of the South West foursome who attended the draft combine to not be picked up. At Friday’s rookie and pre-season drafts, the Dockers fulfilled their commitment to re-list Blakely, but it left dumped pair Tobe Watson and Damon Greaves still waiting on a potential second chance at the level. Bunbury-born Sandover medallist Bailey Rogers also missed out on selection. The Claremont star was overlooked in favour of mature-aged Subiaco gun Greg Clarke by West Coast. Like Watson and Greaves, Rogers is a chance to be considered by a club during the league’s new supplementary selection period, which allows players to train with clubs right up until round one next year, when a decision is made on their future. The 2009 draft class included West Coast and Sydney utility Lewis Jetta, who won a premiership at each club, former Hawthorn captain and three-time premiership defender Ben Stratton, Aaron Black and Morabito, while Kristin Thornton and Ben Howlett were both re-drafted by their respective clubs. Amiss and Hough reported to their clubs for the first time on Monday, while Tunstill has flown to Brisbane and begun training with the Lions.