Eagles stalwart Daniel Draper calls time on career with a victory

Dynamic duo: Father and son pair Blake and Daniel Draper proudly display the reserve grade shield at Campbelltown Sports Stadium. Picture: Brett Atkins

Dynamic duo: Father and son pair Blake and Daniel Draper proudly display the reserve grade shield at Campbelltown Sports Stadium. Picture: Brett Atkins

East Campbelltown Eagles veteran Daniel Draper has laced up his boots for the last time.

And what better way to head into retirement than with a shiny new shield.

Draper’s reserve grade Eagles side won the 2018 premiership last week.

Easts downed Minto 26-18 at Campbelltown Sports Stadium. Draper crossed for a try in the 34th minute and was named player of the match.

The win was made all the more sweeter because Draper played alongside his son Blake.

“I couldn't think of a better way to retire from playing,” the Easts stalwart said.

“I have a lot of good mates I played with for years.”

Draper began his career with East Campbelltown aged seven. This year he ran out as half-back with Blake taking the lock forward position. Earlier in the year, father and son Draper ran out together for French club Cahors 13.

Draper senior previously played for the same club in France in 1999/2000, when his son was just two years old.

The Drapers were a huge hit for Cahors 13, and won all four games in which they appeared. They joint effort marked the first time a father and son had played for Cahors.

“I never believed I would play alongside my son in France, let alone now in a grand final,” Draper said.

Draper played with the Eagles for 19 years.