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Wait worthwhile for Whyte

Cooper Whyte in action for Grovedale during the 2021 GFL season. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

AS clubs started to pass on selections, and the National Draft was winding down, Cooper Whyte had resigned himself to having to wait at least another day before his dream of being on an AFL list would become a reality.

The thoughts of the Geelong Falcons and Grovedale product had drifted to sleep and the Rookie Draft being his path to the big time.

However, Geelong ensured Whyte could sleep soundly in the knowledge he would get the chance to live out his dream by using its final pick – and the penultimate selection of the draft – to land a third Falcon.

And the 18-year-old got a heads up he was headed to the Cats, courtesy of the television coverage of the night.

“They panned to the Cats’ meeting room, and my headshot was on the screen in the background,” Whyte said.

“The family went pretty crazy, and I was sitting there in shock and disbelief, just waiting to see if my name would be read out.”

A talented junior basketballer, Whyte revealed he only had one face-to-face conversation with Geelong.

“I had a meeting with them a while ago in person,” he said.

“So, I wasn’t really sure how keen they were. But, obviously, they were pretty keen, so I’m stoked.”

Adding to Whyte’s excitement was the chance to join fellow Falcons Toby Conway and Mitch Knevitt – who also hails from Grovedale – at GMHBA Stadium.

“It’s all pretty crazy,” he said.

“I already have relationships with Mitch and Toby, so it will be good to get down there with them, especially.”

Whyte is also looking forward to linking up with fellow Grovedale product Gryan Miers.

The Cats small forward assistant coach of the Tigers under-17 team featuring Whyte that went through the 2019 season as premiers and champions.

“He’s helped me out a little bit in the past,” Whyte said.

“It will be good to be down there with him as well and have a mentor down there.”

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