Kaydn ob­sessed with footy

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CAN­NING Vale’s Kaydn Wil­son has a dream of one day play­ing AFL for the Gee­long Cats.

And if his ded­i­ca­tion to the sport to date is any in­di­ca­tion, this dream may be­come a re­al­ity.

The 10-year-old has played for the Can­ning Vale Cougars since he was five, with his favourite po­si­tions be­ing cen­tre or on the back­line.

“You get to tackle and it is fun be­cause it is a team sport and you get to work as a team and share the ball around,” he said.

“The back­line is an im­por­tant part of the game and in the cen­tre you have to try get the ball in the for­ward line.”

His footy idols in­clude Gary Ablett Snr and Gee­long’s Pa­trick Danger­field, who won the 2016 Brown­low Medal.

Kaydn’s mother Jen said he

played foot­ball ev­ery Sun­day and daily with his two younger brothers.

“When he’s not play­ing foot­ball, he is run­ning laps of our back­yard and com­plet­ing his own beep tests to keep his fit­ness level as best as he can,” Mrs Wil­son said.

“To say he is ob­sessed with foot­ball would be an un­der­state­ment.

“He is de­ter­mined to make the AFL and he shows re­silience and de­ter­mi­na­tion that makes me cer­tainly be­lieve he has what it takes if he puts his mind to it.”

Mrs Wil­son said her hus­band Luke had been a keen foot­ball player and now coached Kaydn.

“Kaydn has been down at a foot­ball oval since he was born and had a foot­ball in his hand be­fore he could walk,” she said.

“Kaydn lives and breathes foot­ball.

“If he is not watch­ing foot­ball on TV, he has a foot­ball in his hands and is play­ing, whether it is alone or with one of his brothers.

“Dur­ing his ‘fan­tasy’ back­yard games I of­ten hear him play­ing, um­pir­ing, com­men­tat­ing and cheer­ing his own play­ers.”

Mrs Wil­son said Kaydn was a team player who shared the ball and helped en­cour­age team mates to also be their best.

Kaydn is a stu­dent at Cale­dinia Pri­mary School in Can­ning Vale and is fac­tion vice-cap­tain due to his sports­man­ship.

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Kaydn Wil­son has a bright fu­ture.

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