Browne earns shot at AFL
JACKSON Browne is looking forward to seeing his mate Lewis Moss on the Gold Coast next week.
Not that the two former Port Douglas Crocs teammates will have a whole lot of time to party.
Jackson will be in town for a 10-day campaign to get noticed by selectors of the AFL’s top teams.
The 18 year-old is one of four players from the Far North heading down south to join the Queensland Scorpions and the Gold Coast academy team in vying for a spot in the Under-18 state team.
The midfielder/forward did enough during zone trials, including kicking four goals in one game, to impress the Queensland state coach and Gold Coast Suns selector to earn his ticket south.
“I’ll miss the Crocs’ preseason game, but it’s a great opportunity,” Jackson said.
“If I can get into the state squad, I’ll be playing in front of selectors from all the AFL teams.”
Jackson isn’t letting his imagination get too far ahead of him though, and knows he has a lot of work to do.
“I know the standard’s going to be high, and the bodies are bigger,” he said. “I could always be fitter.” Danny Hanly, a past coach of Jackson’s, said his protégé had a great footy brain.
“He can read the footy really well, and he’s just getting better and better,” he said.
“He’s one of the best Under18s in the competition and he was one of our best three on the weekend.
“He’s talented, but he works really hard.
“He’s been training for the pre-season since at least December, and the harder he works the better he gets.
“I’m really pleased to see him get this chance, but he’s earned it.
“We’d love to have him at the Crocs, of course, but he’s got as good a chance as anyone to go on to the next level.”
In his hands: Jackson Browne has been selected to join the Queensland Scorpions AFL squad