From bottom-age interstate draftee to Premiership player and Life Member. It has been quite the journey for Will Schofield at the West Coast Eagles.
Hailing from Geelong College, Schofield had a terrific junior football career with his athleticism and versatility appealing to the Eagles in the 2006 NAB AFL Draft.
At 195 centimetres, Schofield has the ability to play key position however has the running ability to play in the midfield. His flexibility in recent seasons has seen him settle in to the Eagles defensive unit, with scope to play all types of opponents.
From 2007-2009, Schofield played 15 senior games for the club as he developed his craft and place in a highly competitive team. However 2010 was a defining year for the growing defender, playing 20 games and establishing himself within the Eagles’ defence. Since then Schofield has continued to provide a launch pad from halfback making the highlight reels with several eye catching running goals. Passing the 100 game milestone in 2014, Schofield took on extra responsibility in 2015 with the Eagles missing a couple of key position types in defence, helping fire the club through to the Grand Final.
A model of consistency in 2016, Schofield had a chequered run through injury and selection for much of 2017-18, but timed his run to perfection. Brought in to the Eagles team for the rousing Preliminary Final win against Melbourne, Schofield produced arguably the best of his 176 AFL games to date in the Grand Final against Collingwood. The only player on the ground for every minute of the match, his resolute defensive work saw him in West Coast’s best players as they secured the club’s foruth Premiership.
Schofield is active in the media via work on radio previously with 96FM Breakfast, and via the club’s media channels as host of the Eagles’ official TV show, Eagle Vision and club podcast BACKchat. He is married and welcomed a son Nash during the 2018 season.