Hick takes the next step to his dream

Augusta Margaret River Times - - News - Mitchell Wood­cock

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.

Pic­ture: Daniel Wilkins

East Perth for­ward Jack Hick, left, has made the tran­si­tion from the South West Foot­ball League to the WAFL this year.

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