Hick takes the next step to his dream
JUST 12 months ago Jack Hick was one of the most promising young forwards in the South West Football League.
Now the Augusta-Margaret River product is making waves in the West Australian Football League and has worked his way into East Perth’s league side.
The 24-year-old had played nine games for the Royals’ colts team in 2014, but after a stellar year with the Hawks, when he kicked 39 goals in 19 matches, he made the move back to the club.
Hick worked hard in the reserves and played some good football both up forward and in defence, leading him to make his league debut earlier this month against East Fremantle at Leederville Oval.
Now Hick has the chance to play in front of his South West supporters when the Royals clash with South Fremantle tomorrow at Sir Stewart Bovell Park.
Hick said the Royals contacted him about heading up to the club.
“It is a big move to head up there from the country,” he said. “But I have enjoyed it so far. “The expectations and speed of the game, the level up here and the level down there is totally different.
“The standards you have to set on and off the field. They give you so much knowledge on your game.
“If you have a niggling injury it shows. You might get away with it down there.”
Fast forward six months and Hick is learning about his game and adding new elements and skills to his overall performances
“At the start of the year I played forward. But there have been spots open up and I am learning to add more to my game,” he said.
“If I can play back and forward, it gives me a chance to sneak up to the league.”
Hick said he had learnt a lot from the West Coast Eagles players who suited up for the Royals when they did not get an AFL game.
“They bring a lot of professionalism in their game,” he said
“There is a lot you can learn from watching them.”
Hick said when he went up to East Perth he had hopes of making it to the AFL.
“Now I don’t know if it is there, but you have to be confident in your own game that you can make the next level,” he said.
East Perth forward Jack Hick, left, has made the transition from the South West Football League to the WAFL this year.