Jake Soligo and Zac Taylor spoke before the AFL Draft about how ‘cool’ it would be if they not only found an AFL home, but somehow ended up at the same Club.
That’s now the reality for the good mates, who struck up a strong friendship playing alongside each other for Vic Metro at the AFL underage national championships.
Adelaide selected Soligo, a midfielder from Eastern Ranges, with pick No.36 at the AFL National Draft Thursday night.
Taylor, a Calder Cannons on-baller, was later drafted with pick No.44.
Soligo told AFC Media he and Taylor first met during the under-16 AFL National Competition and quickly clicked through their love of footy.
“It’s pretty unreal,” Soligo said.
“We were actually talking about it before the Draft and we were like, ‘Imagine if we rock up at the same club’.
“It’s pretty crazy how it’s happened and I can’t wait to continue on the journey with him and Rachele as well.”
The 18-year-old, who averaged 23 touches, six marks and 6.3 tackles throughout the year with the Eastern Ranges, said being picked by Adelaide meant a lot.
“I’m super pumped, it’s been crazy for me and the family, enjoying the experience,” Soligo said.
“I didn’t even hear my name get called out because everyone was celebrating but it was pure excitement and tears of joy - all the family is so proud.”
Taylor, a versatile midfielder with a strong inside/outside game, said kicking off with a good mate would help him settle into the elite football environment in a new state.
“It’s really exciting,” the 18-year-old said.
“We both played together at Vic Metro and have followed each other’s journey.
“We got along really well and it’ll be good with both of us coming over and help us get comfortable those first couple of months.
“Jake is really hard at it, he’s a real hard-working player, he cracks in a lot and is really skillful, so he’ll be really good for the Crows.
“He’s also a really down-to-earth person as well.”
Taylor said he had little inclination Adelaide would draft him but was grateful for the opportunity and particularly keen to meet Crows leaders Rory Sloane and Rory Laird.
“The Crows have a really exciting young group coming through, so I’m really looking forward to it,” Taylor said.