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West Coast looks to South America

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No you didn't read that wrong, South America. While the AFL club the West Coast Eagles have been involved in footy development in the African nation of South Africa, it is now the South American continent that is drawing their attention.

Eagles Chief Trevor Nisbett told www.foxsports.com.au "There seems to be a lot of talented athletes coming out of there and most of them are obviously playing soccer and rugby," he said. "If we are looking at other players, why not look there. A lot of the guys over there are super well-built and are super athletes. From our point of view it's certainly worth looking at."

The Eagles have linked up with high profile player agent Peter Jess to set up assessment camps. Of the South Americans Jess said "because of the enormous cultural differences he expected South Americans to adapt more quickly to Aussie rules than South Africans. I have outlined to a couple of the club the benefit of South America as a talent pool compared to Ireland," he said.

Regular readers will be aware of the local presences of footy in Argentina, Brazil and Chile.

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West Coast looks to South America
Authored by: Adrian Barraza on Thursday, May 20 2010 @ 10:34 am ACST

They should come to Chile also, at least we have one footy club running here and also lots of amateur soccer and rugby clubs!

West Coast looks to South America
Authored by: Brett Northey on Thursday, May 20 2010 @ 02:24 pm ACST


¡Hola Adrian!

I thought you may have heard from them. We'll follow this up and see exactly what they are doing - they may be interested in Chile too, maybe they just don't know that you've got a small program there already. I'm sure we're all keen to see things accelerate in South America.

Te hablo pronto,
Brett

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West Coast looks to South America
Authored by: Adrian Barraza on Thursday, May 20 2010 @ 10:31 pm ACST

Gracias Brett

West Coast looks to South America
Authored by: Aaron Richard on Thursday, May 20 2010 @ 04:50 pm ACST
There's an interesting article on this topic in today's Melbourne papers:

http://www.theage.com.au/afl/afl-news...-vf92.html
West Coast looks to South America
Authored by: JB on Thursday, May 20 2010 @ 10:44 pm ACST

Does anyone know how to get in touch with this Peter Jess guy who is arranging the tryout next week? I'm living in Buenos Aires and want to help out for whatever try out he's got coming up next week. Apparantly there is a facebook page but obviously difficult to find.

Cheers,
JB

West Coast looks to South America
Authored by: Brett Northey on Friday, May 21 2010 @ 11:13 am ACST


We'll try to find out and let you know directly by email.

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Brett Northey - Co-founder and Chief Editor of WFN

West Coast looks to South America
Authored by: Brett Northey on Friday, May 21 2010 @ 03:06 pm ACST


Hi JB, I've sent you an email with contact details for Peter Jess.



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Brett Northey - Co-founder and Chief Editor of WFN