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“A generational talent”: Manager’s massive spruik on WA prospect and his message for Eagles


Daniel Curtin has had plenty of spruik on him as a leading draft prospect in the class of 2023.

But never something like this.

Speaking to SEN WA Breakfast, Curtin’s manager Jason Dover of TLA Management described the utility as a generational talent.

West Coast currently holds pick one in the National Draft but have been open to offers for the coveted selection.

However, Dover implored the Eagles to keep it and take a homegrown talent in Curtin.

“I can tell you what I’ve told clubs: he’s the best I’ve seen come out of WA in over a decade,” Dover declared.

“Footballer and person. He’s a well-rounded person.

“That’s why I’d say right now if I’m West Coast and had pick one, I wouldn’t be trading pick one. I’d be taking Dan Curtin.

“We talk about generational talents, Dan, in my eyes, is a generational talent. One of the best that’s come out of WA in a long time.”

Curtin was Western Australia’s MVP over the National Carnival and also hardended his body playing WAFL seniors in 2023.

Growing up a Fremantle fan, he’s been compared to Dockers legend Matthew Pavlich. Curtin, a 197cm prospect, has also spent time in defence and through the midfield and says he appreciates the challenge of playing different roles.

Despite his praise of Curtin, Dover believes Harley Reid will ultimately be the first selection made on November 20.

“I believe from my conversations with North Melbourne that he’s in the mix for those two picks (two and three) and then I think he’s really strongly linked with Hawthorn at pick four and a couple of clubs behind there too,” Dover added.

“If West Coast got picks two and three, Dan would be one of those picks, I’m really certain of that. But I don’t think they’re getting picks two and three.”

The Roos are one of multiple clubs interested in trading for pick one, with Melbourne and Hawthorn also registering their intent in recent weeks.

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