Cobram footballer Cadeyn Williams has been drafted as a rookie to Richmond.
Williams, 18, who has played in the Murray Bushrangers under-18 side for the past four years and for Cobram Tigers since he was 12, said he could not be happier with yesterday’s news.
‘I didn’t know how to feel (when I got the call-up),’ Williams said.
‘I’m over the moon. It’s a dream come true.
‘This is what I’ve been working towards — it’s just surreal.
‘I had an interview with (Richmond) a couple of weeks ago and they called to give me confirmation last night (Monday), but just got the final word that I was definitely in today (Tuesday).
‘Some of the other inter-state clubs could have snatched me up before Richmond did.’
The former Cobram Secondary College student, who only just completed his final Year 12 exams a few weeks ago, arrived in Melbourne last night and will have his first day of training at Richmond’s Punt Rd headquarters today.
Williams is pleased he has been signed by Richmond, as opposed to an interstate club.
‘Richmond is one of the best up-and-coming clubs, so I’m really excited,’ he said.
The hard-working utility is comfortable and has experience playing all positions and underwent a shoulder reconstruction in May after landing on his arm — following a fall from a high-mark in April this year.
‘It’s all good now and I’m back doing everything (I used to be able to do) on the field.’
Williams thanked all the coaches at Cobram and Murray Bushrangers who had helped him develop and improve as a player, as well as his parents Rob and Kim for taking him to training sessions and games during his junior years.