West Coast Eagles AFLW representatives visited the Great Southern this week as part of a regional development tour to inspire budding players and coaches within the region. New recruit Alison Drennan, alongside former players Krstel Petrevski and Chad Morrison, made the journey south to host a junior talent identification session on Monday night at Retravision Stadium before running school clinics at Mt Manypeaks Primary School and Great Southern Grammar on Tuesday. They finished their tour by hosting a development session that specifically focused on theory and practical elements of constructing training programs for women’s football coaches in the region on Tuesday evening. Drennan, 33, said the club’s Great Southern tour aims to strengthen relationships with exciting football prospects and identifying and unearthing some “young guns” for the future from withing the region. “We’re just coming down to this region to have a look at the talent searching for some young guns of the future,” she said. “We had a talent search and most of the girls who came down were pretty young but had a fair bit of skill and a fair bit of footy smarts which is really exciting to see. “Just getting a chance to mingle with the people down here and getting down to some schools and running some clinics is really good and it’s important that we connect with the community.” Drennan said that it is exciting to see the popularity of the Great Southern Football League Women’s season grow as the 2024 competition got under way at the weekend. “It was awesome seeing a bunch of information and coverage for the women’s game which is really exciting,” she said. “It’s definitely going to a new level every year so it’s exciting times. “You just never know where that talent is going to come from so the more areas that you can cover, you might find that diamond in the rough that you’re looking for. “Maybe someone has some freaky height or maybe someone who’s super quick. “It’s more important that we get out and just scope all there is.” The Eagles have a strong link to the Great Southern with AFLW players Sophie McDonald, Belinda Smith and the now-retired Parris Laurie coming from the region.