Essendon draftee Garrett McDonagh has revealed however helium emailed AFL clubs successful a hopeless effort to beryllium picked up successful this year's draft.
The 25-year-old's lifelong imagination was yet realised erstwhile helium was drafted by Essendon with prime 50 connected the 2nd nighttime of the AFL Draft, a imagination that had been years successful the making.
McDonagh was taken aback by the selection, which came aft a coagulated play with Richmond's VFL side, and explained however he'd taken matters into his ain hands successful the lead-up to the draft.
"I was expecting nothing," McDonagh said.
"I wrote to a fewer clubs aft past season, conscionable to get my sanction retired there. I had nary manager truthful I was trying to bash it myself, I conscionable wrote to a fewer clubs and had a effect from a fewer of them.
"A mates of weeks agone I had a telephone from [Essendon database brag Adrian Dodoro] and it was an astonishing call, 1 I'll ne'er forget."
McDonagh's enactment is made adjacent much unthinkable by the information that he'd fallen retired of emotion with the athletics and virtually fixed up a mates of years earlier.
"There was religion lost, I gave up footy astatine the commencement of 2018, I went and did [American football] punting with Nathan Chapman astatine ProKick," helium said.
"I sat down and had a truly bully think, [I] wanted to enactment my champion ft guardant and walk immoderate wealth connected my body, I did that and present I am."
McDonagh is the 2nd subordinate of Richmond's VFL squad to find a spot connected Essendon's database aft halfback Sam Durham was picked up by the Bombers successful the mid-season draft.
"Garrett is simply a subordinate who deserves an opportunity," Dodoro told Essendon's website.
"We felt helium was 1 of the amended ready-made players successful the excavation this year. Even though he's 25 years of age, we deliberation he's got a batch of shot near successful him.
"He's an elite left-foot footwear and has fantastic endurance. We're looking guardant to him playing a batch of elder shot for us."