Will Kelly drafted to Collingwood

Scotch College’s Will Kelly has been drafted to Collingwood in the 2018 Australian Football League Draft.

Kelly, the son of Magpies premiership player Craig Kelly, was taken off the board with selection 29 under the father-son rule.

While he appreciates the legacy of his father, he has elected to not wear the same playing number on his guernsey.

“I decided not to take it … ‘Daics’ (Josh Daicos) and ‘Browny’ (Callum Brown) did the same thing,” Kelly said on Saturday.

“I just think it’s best to get out of the spotlight and try and forge my own path.

“It was open to take but I thought it was a better thing if I don’t.”Kelly’s older brother, Jake, also has links to Collingwood through spending time on the Victorian Football League squad before being recruited to play for Adelaide in the AFL.

Kelly played the majority of his school football career in the forward line for Scotch College, while managing to complete the final four games of the 2018 TAC Cup, including a Grand Final loss to Dandenong, with a stress fracture in his ankle.