As some others have said, there seems to be an overall club policy of socially profiling our recruits, and, other than Eades, the Aboriginal recruits we have picked up have got very stable social backgrounds which indicate they are likely to be able to deal with being away from home (if they are leaving their state) and their families are socially stable.
Walla is incredible in that he sought out the help of the McDonald’s and got himself both a stable and local family and showed the work ethic, both for personal and professional development, on top of his undoubted talent. As @RedSashOnBlack said, he did all the work and demanded his own recruitment and showed the club up for the degree they underestimated him. Making him wait 4 years to make him a rookie only for him not to play a single VFL game since he was recruited with our 2nd rookie pick in 2015.
For a club which sells itself as a force for social change and Aboriginal reconciliation, we are being far too conservative with list spots and we are failing our reputation as a club that helped break down the door for Aboriginal players entering the VFL/AFL.
While this is embarrassing enough, I find it unfathomable that we haven’t been using our category B zone picks to develop some players from the Tiwi islands or elsewhere. Now while we have Luke Lavender and Ben McNiece in category B, we have only one rookie B space left, as well as a regular rookie spot*. Hopefully we can add 2 more Aboriginal players which would be a more reasonable representation. Albeit failing to take the “best available” in the main draft.
*PS not sure how the EFC draft night clip with Dodoro says there is only 1 rookie place left, with Eades and Long going off our rookie A list in different directions.