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Potential No.1 pick Walsh learning to deal with external hype


Top draft prospect Sam Walsh says he isn’t getting caught up in the hype surrounding the talk of him potentially going at pick one in this year’s draft.

Walsh, alongside South Australian forward Jack Lukosius, has been widely tipped as a player who will be vying for the number one selection in what is shaping as a particularly strong AFL draft.

But the Vic Country midfielder isn’t looking too far ahead after enjoying an impressive Under 18 National Championships carnival.

“I’ve always put pressure on myself to perform,” Walsh told SEN Afternoons.

“In terms of the outside talk, I try not to read into it too much, but obviously the National Championships is pretty hyped up now.

“Obviously it’s a situation I want to be in, it’s something I’ve always wanted to do and work hard for so you just take it as it comes and look week-to-week.

“You will get to the end of the year and that will happen I guess.”

The teenager made the early guarantee that he will remain at his drafted club for the entirety of his career, revealing that loyalty is a personal quality he holds in high regard.

“It’s been my dream to be drafted and whatever clubs willing to do that, I’ll be there to repay them,” he said.

“Loyalty is pretty high up on my list in terms of the traits I have as a person. Wherever that is, I’ll love to stay there.”

Listen to high draft prospect Sam Walsh’s chat on SEN Afternoons with Andy Maher in the player below

Sam Walsh SEN Afternoons

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