English tal­ent in any lan­guage

Midland Reporter - - News -

TAL­ENTED mid­fielder Luke English (17) will be look­ing to show off his phys­i­cal prow­ess when he joins 11 WAFL play­ers who have been in­vited to un­der­take test­ing at the AFL Na­tional Draft Com­bine in Oc­to­ber.

The Mazenod College stu­dent said the Draft Com­bine was the fi­nal as­sess­ment pe­riod be­fore the 2018 AFL Draft in Novem­ber.

“It gives play­ers one last chance to show off their foot­ball skills in front of club re­cruiters,” he said.

“I didn’t start play­ing footy un­til I was nine be­cause you weren’t al­lowed to tackle in Auskick.

“It’s been a dream ever since I was very young to go to the Draft Com­bine and I’m aim­ing to show them I am a strong athlete with a great work rate who finds the foot­ball a lot.”

AFL na­tional tal­ent man­ager Kevin Shee­han said the Draft Com­bine was an ex­cit­ing time for play­ers and clubs.

“Clubs will get to see the play­ers in ac­tion up close be­fore con­duct­ing in­ter­views to rate the play­ers’ over­all po­ten­tial as the count­down be­gins to the 33rd AFL Draft,” he said.

English was part of the WA squad that placed third at the AFL Un­der18 Championships last month and in 2017 won the Jack Clarke Medal in 2017 as the best player in the WAFL colts com­pe­ti­tion.

He said he was grate­ful his school had al­lowed him to fol­low his dream of mak­ing it to the elite level of foot­ball.

“I have been un­der the wing of some re­ally good footy play­ers and the College has let me have time off school to focus on my footy and help me achieve my goals,” he said.

English said while he was a West Coast Ea­gles fan, he was not fussy when it came to which club picked him up in the draft.

Pic­ture: David Baylis

“Who­ever takes me I am happy to play my guts out for.” Luke English will give any AFL club his best if he’s picked in the draft.

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