A Harvey footballing talent will be on the edge of his seat, flanked by his family, hoping his name is among those called out by an AFL club this week. Harvey-Brunswick-Leschenault product Brady Hough is among the hundreds of young men across the nation hoping their name will be called out in the AFL draft to be held on Wednesday and Thursday. The secondary physical education teaching student at Edith Cowan University Bunbury said he had been trying to keep his mind off the draft but, as the days rolled on, that seemed to be impossible. “I’ve been trying to keep my mind off things, but it is getting pretty close now and I am nervous, but also excited,” he said. “(Uni is) done which is pretty good, but it would be probably handy to have something to keep my mind off the draft.” Hough — who is born and bred in Harvey — took his football to another level in 2021 after moving from HBL to play for the Peel Thunder. The clever midfield-forward impressed in his debut season for Peel Thunder, averaging more than 22 disposals and kicking nearly a goal a game to win the fairest and best player award and make his league debut in the final game of the WAFL. Hough starred in his league debut for the Thunder amassing 22 disposals and a goal and said he had grown in confidence as the season went on. “When I first came up I just wanted to take my footy to the next level because I played in the country last year,” he said. “I came up to play colts and was looking to play consistent football, and I think I did that pretty well. Things just kept coming and I kept setting goals and was ticking the boxes, and it’s just been a great year and I am thankful for all the opportunities.” Between living in Harvey, training in Perth, studying in Bunbury and managing part-time work at Harvey Fresh, Hough has had a busy year. The 18-year-old said he had learnt a lot about professionalism throughout the season. “A lot of dedication goes in to it and you sacrifice a lot of time,” he said. “It was tiring at times, but I hope it’s all worth it.” WAFC State talent manager Adam Jones said in October Hough had stepped up to every challenge put in front of him this year. “(He) did not miss a session throughout the entire program which is a testament to his drive and want to be involved,” he said. Hough said he had “quite a bit” of interest throughout the year and was ready to start the next chapter of his football career. “It has been steady, and obviously picked up towards the end,” he said. “I have just got my fingers crossed, it will be a dream come true if my name is called out.” Hough was predicted to be taken with Richmond’s pick 48 in a mock draft by NewsCorp journalists.