30/05/2024

Darcy Wilmot is happy to go anywhere. (Image: AFL)

Vic Metro defender Darcy Wilmot is eager to make his presence known in the AFL. The son of former Collingwood player, Grant, just can't wait to be out on the field.

Vic Metro defender Darcy Wilmot is eager to make his presence known in the AFL. The son of former Collingwood player, Grant, just can’t wait to be out on the field.

The Northern Knights product is known for his defensive assets, ability to shutdown opposition forwards when one-on-one, and hit teammates with precision by foot.

Wilmot strives to replicate his game off one Magpie defender who is known for a very similar skillset.

“I sort of see myself sort of like Jack Crisp, just the way he can win a 50/50 from anywhere whether it be down back or when (the team is) attacking, good skill execution,” Wilmot said.

Wilmot has been enjoying putting his skills to the test at the draft combine, where he has been able to link up with some of his Vic Metro teammates, a squad that the defender had nothing but praise for.

“It’s been really good to come out here, been loving it with the boys and getting out to training, to have this opportunity is amazing.

“The atmosphere and the culture we have with Vic Metro, you love to come to training, something you look forward to.”

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The opportunity to play at the highest level won’t be taken for granted by Wilmot, he’s worked hard to recieve his opportunity and he doesn’t want it let it pass.

“It’s your whole life’s work, to have this moment, it’s new chapter in life to have this opportunity, doing what you love to do and make a career out of it, it means everything to me,” he said.

On top of being an good defender, Wilmot has leadership qualities, often being one of the most vocal out on the field.

“It’s more just who I am, it just comes naturally, if something needs to be said, I’ll say it.”

A likely popular late first to early second pick on the radar of many clubs, the youngster could end up anywhere across Australia, including outside of his home state.

Brisbane holds picks 14 and 18, Sydney pick 16, while Fremantle has the first selection of the second round – originally Gold Coast’s compensation pick.

Well aware of this, Wilmot has no reservations on where he gets drafted to as long as he’s on the ground.

“I’m happy to play anywhere, I don’t really mind, as long as I get to play football.”

Clubs around the mark that have been linked with the defender are Brisbane Lions, Melbourne Demons and the Richmond Tigers.

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