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Wil Powell

#27   Gold Coast Suns
Age: 21yr 9mth    Games: 48     Born: August 26, 1999     Origin: Claremont
Height: 185cm     Weight: 76kg     Position: Defender
Last Drafted: Round 1, Pick #19 2017 National Draft by Gold Coast Suns
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Contract Status: RFA at the end of 2025   AFL Player Contracts
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Wil Powell Biography

Thursday, 25 February 2021
Wil Powell signs a four-year contract extension to remain with the Suns until the end of 2025.

Walking into the club weighing just 67kg, Powell told AFL.com.au it took some time to adjust to life on the other side of the country. However, in his second year at the club, it was the move of his parents Scott and Sharyn, two sisters and three dogs across the country that made all the difference in his development.

"That settled me so much, having family there with me when I got home. I was such a young kid mentally and emotionally as well. That really helped me," he said.

"From there it just got to a point where I didn't need them anymore, and I wanted my own space because I'd matured. I was having the time of my life here and coming to the club and seeing all my mates.

"Mum and dad have the biggest hearts and they just wanted the best for me. They relocated the whole family just for me. I look back and go 'wow, that's pretty special'."

Monday, 3 February 2020
Will Powell will undergo surgery to deal with a persistent knee injury suffered towards the end of the 2019 season.

The Suns say Powell will miss the start of the season, but haven't pencilled in a return date.

Wednesday, 8 May 2019
Wil Powell speaks of the after-effects of his recent concussion when he was knocked out by a Will Setterfield tackle in round four.

The second-year Sun tried to regain his feet after the tackle but fell backwards and hit his head before leaving the field.

"I had a headache for about a week. During that week I got up at one stage and went completely blank and had to lean against a wall," Powell said.

"I hated being a couch potato. I wasn't allowed to move, wasn't allowed to go to the club or anything. It was ongoing headaches in the morning and getting up from sitting down and having a headache."

Friday, 13 July 2018
Wil Powell's path to the Gold Coast senior team began about a year ago when he was told by his manager Colin Young to put together a video of his best under-18 highlights to send to club scouts.

"It was fun, something to do. I enjoy watching edits but putting all the best parts into a little movie made me feel proud that it was going out to AFL clubs," Powell said.

Powell didn't get his hopes up and continued to play for Claremont without winning selection for the West Australian team. But his tape had made waves, and soon the Suns recruiting team was the first to arrive on his door for an interview. They had a request, too.

"I got told to keep it all 'hush hush'. I wasn't allowed to tell anyone, only my family. Nobody else could know. So I didnít tell anyone, I had to keep it secret from other clubs if they asked I'd had any meetings with anyone else," Powell said.

"I met with Melbourne, who told me the same thing to keep it 'hush hush'. I also spoke to Port Adelaide, Freo, Richmond, Carlton and Collingwood.

"I didn't expect to have one chat to an AFL club because I was only a little wiry skinny kid just playing my role and not doing anything out of the blue to get recognised. When I had my first chat it was like 'wow'."

Friday, 29 June 2018
Gold Coast coach Stuart Dew's call to tell Will Powell he was to debut on Saturday against Collingwood was meant to be a surprise. However, Powell's housemate Peter Wright may have inadvertently tipped the youngster off.

"I was out the front about to wash my car and I got a call from Stuey," Powell said.

"The conversation started off relatively normal, then I saw Pete creeping around the corner with his phone filming me and the lightbulb went off."

The 18-year-old said despite his path and light frame, he expected to debut in 2018.

"I wasn't going to come in and not expect to play, I was going to try and do everything to play an AFL game, especially when it's been your dream for so long, and my dream's come true this week," he said.

Wednesday, 9 May 2018
Yet to debut, draftee Wil Powell signs a two-year contract extension with Gold Coast to remain at the club until the end of 2021.

"It was a super easy decision. I'm loving life over here," Powell, a Western Australian, said.

"Being homesick hasn't been an issue for me - I prefer it over here to be honest.

"I went for a trip back home (to be with the Suns in round four when they played West Coast) and couldn't wait to get back here."

Friday, 1 December 2017
Wil Powell says being snubbed by Western Australia's under-18 selectors only drove him harder last season.

Powell snuck under the radar of many when he was taken by Gold Coast with the 19th pick in last week's NAB AFL Draft after missing the national under-18 carnival.

"I was trying to get into the state 18s squad, but didn't crack into it, didn't get offered any trial matches, which disappointed me," Powell said.

"But I guess that made me try a bit harder throughout the colts and put my head down and train a bit harder and I eventually got where I wanted to get in the end."

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