Peel teenager Kamdyn McIntosh was prepared for the worst last week, before being drafted by Richmond.
Despite being widely regarded as a potential top-50 pick, tall defender McIntosh said he was stunned when the Tigers snared him with their second pick and No.31 overall in last week’s national draft.
“I was thinking whatever happens, happens and so be it, ” McIntosh said.
“I was preparing for the worst, to be honest, so the fact I was picked up by Richmond was just awesome.
“I was at home with my family out Pinjarra- Ravenswood way and with a couple of close mates.
“As soon as we heard my name we just all went crazy.”
McIntosh said being drafted was a reward for hard work and he had no qualms about moving interstate.
“I’m just stoked I got picked up because I’ve worked so much for this moment, ” he said.
“I just want to play the best footy I can and I’m really thankful Richmond gave me that opportunity.
“I can’t wait to start there.”
While life is about to change significantly for McIntosh, it is also about to get a whole lot busier in the Pinjarra family’s household where he has been a father figure
in a real-life version of The Brady Bunch.
McIntosh’s mother Carol and her partner are involved in fly-in, fly-out work, and his father, Clayton, lives in Karratha. The 18-year-old is the third of nine children spread throughout the State.
The oldest, 22-year-old Logan, no longer lives at home and sister Courtney, 20, recently moved to Karratha to be closer to Clayton and siblings Ethan, 5, and Ella, 3.
That has left McIntosh, 16-yearold sister Brooke and the daughters of Carol’s boyfriend, Hannah, 11, Isobell, 7, and Jorja, 6, living in Pinjarra.
Whenever their parents are working away, McIntosh and Brooke look after the youngsters with help from a nanny, Doris.
McIntosh said his mother might be making some changes when he moves.
His father has played a big role in his football life. “My dad, he’s been so influential and has so much positive feedback for me, ” McIntosh said.
“Clayton said he was very proud of his son for being drafted to the Tigers. “He has put a lot of work in (to get drafted),” he said. “He started out when he was 14 then moved up the ranks pretty quickly.”