Keidean Coleman’s patience was tested in his dream to become a Brisbane Lion. The 19-year-old elected for draft in 2018 but missed out.
This setback, however, did not deter him. In 2019 the half back/midfielder trained with the senior playing group as a top age Hyundai Help for Kids Lions Academy player and played 18 games for the undefeated NEAFL premiership winning side.
When Essendon called his name with Pick No. 37 at Thursday’s NAB AFL Draft his heart skipped a beat. The Lions took a long time to match, well over the five-minute countdown, but they did, and he was relieved.
“It’s a dream come true really,” he said.
“To officially be a part of the Brisbane Lions Club is very exciting and a great opportunity.
“Last year was disappointing but there’s always another way. So very, very happy that I took that road again.”
Coleman, who has been an Academy player since the age of 13, can play anywhere on the field.
“I reckon I’m very versatile and can play back or forward – wherever the team needs me,” he said.
His family recognised his talent at a young age, moving him and his younger brother from the Kimberley in the Northern Territory, to Brisbane to pursue his football ambition. They lived with their Aunt who was based there.
“Being drafted means a lot to me but also to my family,” he said.
“There was better opportunity for me and my brother.
“It’s obviously paid off.”
Coleman was the only 2019 draftee to train with the senior playing group today, with the other three expected to arrive on Wednesday.