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The unique connection a potential top 10 draftee has to coaching great


Prospective top 10 draftee Will Phillips has revealed his unique connection to legendary Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson.

The Oakleigh Chargers midfielder, who is regarded as a future leader, is widely tipped to be taken early in the first round of the upcoming National Draft.

Speaking on SEN’s The Captain’s Run, the 179cm on-baller said he and Clarkson’s daughter Georgia both go to the same school at Caulfield Grammar.

Phillips said it would be an “absolute pleasure” to land at Hawthorn and be coached by the father of one of his classmates.

“When I’ve been with (Georgia Clarkson) she seems really nice and so does Alastair when I’ve been with him,” he said.

“It would be an absolute pleasure to go with the Hawks, obviously Clarko is one of the best in the industry and I have no doubt that he’ll take Hawthorn back up to the top.

“I’m trying not to think too far into the future because I don’t want to get ahead of myself and get my hopes up, if this year has taught us anything it’s that it’s not to look too far into the future.

“It would be an absolute joy, but I’m not getting too far into the future.”

Phillips said he has spoken to the majority of clubs ahead of next month’s draft, with Port Adelaide the only side he didn’t have a conversation with.

“I’ve spoken to 17 clubs (before the draft),” he said.

“Port Adelaide were the only club I didn’t speak to which is probably fair considering they have a few Next-Generation Academy (players).”

The 2020 National Draft will take place on December 9.

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