MAK­ING HIS OWN WAY

Geelong Advertiser - - FOOTY - Ryan REYNOLDS ryan.reynolds@news.com.au

OS­CAR Brown­less has heard it all be­fore.

It comes with the ter­ri­tory when you carry the Brown­less sur­name.

There are al­ways doubters, the ones who only be­lieve he is in the po­si­tion he’s in be­cause of his dad Billy’s achieve­ments, that the only rea­son he is on the verge of be­ing an AFL player is be­cause of his last name.

But Os­car has al­ways been able to shake that off, pre­fer­ring to let his foot­ball do the talk­ing.

And that won’t be chang­ing any time soon as the clock ticks down to the AFL draft on Novem­ber 22 and 23.

“It (the Brown­less tag) is some­thing that has been there my whole ca­reer. You try and ig­nore it, but it’s al­ways go­ing to be there,” Brown­less said.

“Dad has been good, he has al­ways been there sup­port­ing me and let­ting me know that I’m my own player.

“I want to make my own ca­reer and I pride my­self on that and I’d like to think I’ve done that and that I’m able to stand out re­gard­less of my last name.

“There’s al­ways the re­marks, but I al­ways let my foot­ball do the talk­ing and prove them wrong with what they’ve said.”

Brown­less is likely to be­come Gee­long’s next fa­ther- son se­lec­tion at next month’s AFL draft. The Cats have made no prom­ises and the highly-rated mid­fielder un­der­stands just how quickly the land­scape can change.

“They’ve made it clear — and so have I — that noth­ing is set in stone,” Brown­less said.

“Any­thing can hap­pen, re­ally.”

But would he like to be wear­ing blue and white hoops next year?

“I think if you ask any­one, they would love to. Gee­long is a great club, every­one knows that,” Brown­less said.

“To have the op­por­tu­nity to play there would be amaz­ing. But I guess we will have to wait and see on draft night.”

Brown­less spent four weeks with the Cats late in the sea­son, com­plet­ing their main train­ing ses­sions.

He said the ex­pe­ri­ence was in­valu­able as he pre­pares for the po­ten­tial of be­ing a pro­fes­sional foot­baller in 2019.

“It was an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Be­ing with that stan­dard of player, the pro­fes­sional -ism, and as an out­sider I think you for­get how much work goes into win­ning a game,” Brown­less said.

“It’s a re­ally well-run or­gan­i­sa­tion and they have some great staff and play­ers that lead by ex­am­ple.”

Pic­tures: MICHAEL WILL­SON, PETER RISTEVSKI

GO­ING PLACES: Os­car Brown­less per­forms the sprint test dur­ing the re­cent AFL Draft Com­bine at Marvel Sta­dium. IN­SET: Brown­less dur­ing a train­ing ses­sion with the Cats late last sea­son.

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