McIntosh moves east to Tigerland

EIGHTEEN-year-old Pinjarra local Kamdyn McIntosh will move east to continue his football career after being selected by Richmond in the 2012 AFL Draft last Thursday.

McIntosh played four league games for the Peel Thunder in 2012 averaging 17.5 disposals, five marks and nearly three tackles a game after representing Pinjarra Football Club in his junior years.

He was taken in the second round at pick 31 for Richmond as just the fourth West Australian to be selected in the national draft.

East Fremantle’s Josh Simpson and Marco Paparone were taken at picks 17 and 23 respectively while South Fremantle’s Mason Shaw was snapped up at pick 30.

McIntosh was one of just 12 draftees from WA after more than 200 WAFL-listed players were up for selection.

He was the only Peel listed player to be drafted.

As one of nine, McIntosh has had more to juggle than most young footballers entering into the draft.

He worked two jobs, one at the Ravenswood Fresh store and another at the Silver Sands bottle shop as well as train and play football at the top level.

McIntosh is a former State 16s representative in 2010 and an under 18s national representative earlier this year with the ability to play as a defender or utility.

McIntosh had said he did not have a preference of a club before heading into the draft and will now head to Punt Road under the watchful eye of coach Damien Hardwick.

At 192cm McIntosh impressed talent scouts at the earlier National Draft Combine in October where he finished in the top five for the endurance beep test with a score of 14.7.

McIntosh joins fellow draftees Victorian defender Nick Vlastuin, Victorian ruckman/defender Liam McBean and South Australian forward Matthew McDonough at the Tigers.

Peel Thunder Football Club issued a release on Friday wishing McIntosh all the best at his new club.

“Congratulations to Peel Thunder player Kamdyn McIntosh on being selected in yesterday’s NAB AFL National Draft,” it said.

“We wish Kamdyn all the best at his new AFL Club Richmond Tigers.”

Pinjarra’s Kamdyn McIntosh will head to Tigerland in 2013 as an AFL draftee.

Pinjarra’s Kamdyn McIntosh will head to Tigerland in 2013 as an AFL draftee.