Charlie Dean Realises AFL Dream
By Josh Conway
Williamstown defender Charlie Dean has been rewarded for stellar form as a Seagull, drafted to Collingwood with pick two in Friday's 2021 AFL Rookie Draft.
The key defender claimed the Fothergill-Round-Mitchell Medal as the VFL's best young player for a season where he averaged 15.1 disposals and 7.3 marks per game, becoming the 15th straight winner of the medal to go on to play AFL. Dean also won Williamstown's 'Players Player' and Most Promising Player at the club's End of Season Awards.
Dean made his Williamstown and VFL debut in Round one of this season after missing out on being drafted from Sandringham Dragons, and the athletic tall went on to play every game as a Seagull and assert himself as an integral part of the defensive line-up.
Dean follows in the footsteps of recent Gulls AFL graduates, including Lachie Bramble, Amy Smith, Mitch Hibberd, Sharnie Whiting, Michael Gibbons and Ben Cavarra in being drafted from Downer Oval.
The 195cm defender often took side's best tall forwards this season, combining his defensive and offensive threats in the air with smooth skills and decisions by foot. Dean is also no stranger to the attacking end of the ground, having spent his final NAB League season as a tall forward, making him an attractive proposition.
We wish Charlie all the best with his AFL career at the Pies, and is welcome back at Downer Oval any time!