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Brisbane-bound Elliot Yeo with brother Corey and parents Craig and Wendy
Brisbane-bound Elliot Yeo with brother Corey and parents Craig and Wendy

Brisbane's premiership team was famous for its Fab Four but East Fremantle midfielder Elliot Yeo was only thinking of a Triple Treat when the Lions drafted him.

Brisbane chose Yeo, 18, with pick 30 and he said the Lions had the ideal group of players and coaches for him to learn from.

"I've watched Simon Black for a long time," Yeo said. "He's from East Freo too so it'll be great to play alongside him.

"Daniel Rich is there too. He's had a great few years with Brisbane.

"And it's going to be so good to be coached by Michael Voss. I'm really excited."

Yeo's drafting continued Brisbane's love affair with West Australians. Along with Rich and Black, the Lions also have Todd Banfield, Rohan Bewick, James Hawksley, Matthew Leuenberger and Ashley McGrath on their list.

They traded former East Fremantle forward Mitch Clark to Melbourne last month.

Yeo burst into prominence with sensational results in draft testing. He dominated the agility and vertical leap tests and was one of the quickest in the 20m sprint.

Those efforts came after a strong finish to the season when he averaged 26 possessions from his last seven games.

Yeo said he was never sure whether he would reach the AFL, but playing at this year's under-18s titles gave him a big boost.

"It helped me a bit," he said. "It definitely gave me an insight into what it would be like to be involved in the AFL."

Yeo suffered disappointment last year when a broken nose on the eve of the colts finals robbed him of a chance to play in East Fremantle's premiership.

Yeo said he was determined to make up for that, and focused on working hard.

"My fitness really helped me this year," he said. "I did a bit of extra work to get up to the level that was required. That pushed me along."

Part of a footballing family, Yeo's elder brother Corey made his league debut for the Sharks this year and played 13 matches for the season.

Elliot said moving so far away from Perth would be difficult, but everyone was excited.

"My family is really happy for me," he said. "I had no idea where I'd be going. I just wanted to get drafted. Mum is a bit upset but I reckon they're tears of joy."

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