Footy runs in the family for Adelaide draftee Lachlan Sholl.
Dad Brett played 35 games for Carlton between 1992 and 1994, including the losing 1993 Grand Final against Essendon.
His father’s cousins were also more than handy – Craig was a dual premiership player with North Melbourne during an outstanding 235-game career in 14 seasons from 1987-2000, while Brad spent the majority of his 171-game career with Geelong after starting with the Kangaroos.
“Dad played a few games with Carlton, so I’m able to draw on his experience,” Lachlan told reporters on Tuesday.
“He’s pretty much been my main coach or my main guidance in footy ever since I started.
“He’s definitely a big reason as to why I am the footballer I am.
“He is always giving me advice, but he also always wants me to play for the love of it and just enjoy it as well.
“Brad and Craig have also been really supportive of everything I’ve done.”
Lachlan is a skillful half-back flanker and winger who the Crows picked up with the 64th overall selection in last Friday’s NAB AFL Draft.
The 18-year-old always knew he would be kept waiting until late in the draft but got excited when the Crows did a deal with the Blues to move up three spots.
“The Crows were probably the first club to reach out earlier this year and come around to my house and meet my family, so I knew they had some level of interest,” Lachlan said.
“I was always definitely a back-end, rookie (draft) sort of chance, so nothing was for certain.
“I was told they probably weren’t going to use (pick) 73, and when they traded up I thought I might be a chance, and luckily enough, it happened.”
Joining Lachlan in Adelaide is fellow defender Will Hamill, the Victoria Country representative taken with the 30th overall selection.
The damaging left-footer won the TAC Cup with the Dandenong Stingrays and enjoys taking on the opposition with his pace.
Hamill has drawn comparisons to Carlton stalwart Kade Simpson.
“I guess it’s a fair description, but I like to be my own player a bit,” Hamill said.
“I like to take bits and pieces from all different players.
“I like to find the outside ball, get those handball receives and break the lines.”
Sholl and Hamill, along with the rest of the Crows’ draftees, joined their new teammates for the first time on Monday.