Browne earns shot at AFL

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - RICHARD KOSER

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

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