The premiership Eagle draftee O’Driscoll learned from

Potential first round pick Nathan O’Driscoll says he loves the tough side of the game and in particular tackling.

Speaking on SEN’s The Captains Run on Friday morning, the West Australian prospect revealed what he loves most about the game.

“Definitely that competitiveness. Going in hard, cracking in for the footy and winning my own ball and tackling,” O’Driscoll said.

“I love the tough side of the game. I don’t mind tackling them hard, you’ve got to make them earn it. I love it.”

The tough on-baller, who hails from WAFL club Perth, spoke of how the COVID layoff during the season actually worked in his favour.

“Lucky enough I was struck with injury right when COVID hit, so I was doing rehab throughout that time and got my body right for the season re-start when we were allowed to play again,” O’Driscoll said.

“So I was actually pretty lucky.

O’Driscoll, who grew up barracking for Fremantle in a West Coast household, managed eight games this season including five at senior level for the Demons.

“It was obviously a very weird year due to COVID, but I was still pretty happy with the year I had,” O’Driscoll said.

“I was able to play a chunk of games and got a senior birth, so I was pretty happy with my season. I could have gone a lot better, probably could have gone better at under-18s level that’s for sure.

“It was really good playing at league level and learning from a lot of different players. We had (Eagles premiership player) Chris Masten come down too, so I learned off guys like that throughout the midfield.

“It is a massive step up.”

The tough left footer and brother of Fremantle AFLW player Emma averaged 15 disposals and five tackles in his eight appearances for Perth this season.

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