We’re so proud of Hugh

Mum’s bless­ing as our AFL draft pick Hugh Dixon eyes his move to the Dock­ers

Sunday Tasmanian - - Front Page - AN­THONY OS­BORNE

THE anx­i­ety, nerves and an­tic­i­pa­tion were re­placed with eu­pho­ria and re­lief for Hugh Dixon and his fam­ily when his AFL dream be­came a re­al­ity.

Dixon, who turns 19 in Fe­bru­ary, was taken at pick 44 by the Fre­man­tle Dock­ers in the na­tional draft on Fri­day, be­com­ing the first Tas­ma­nian to be drafted into the AFL since 2015.

Fre­man­tle’s de­ci­sion to draft the King­bor­ough for­ward marked the end of one chap­ter and the start of an­other.

Hugh’s mum, Julie Homer, how­ever, had no is­sue with her son’s move to West­ern Aus­tralia.

“It was never about where he went. It was al­ways about Hugh’s sole fo­cus and am­bi­tion — it is a mix­ture of eu­pho­ria and re­lief,” Ms Homer said.

“After no Tas­ma­ni­ans were drafted last year, Hugh was painted as a bit of a golden boy and there was a lot of pres­sure on him.”

Hugh con­cedes he couldn’t have made it through the ex­pe­ri­ence with­out his fam­ily and friends.

“I was ex­tremely anx­ious lead­ing up to the draft but my friends, fam­ily and girl­friend have been so sup­port­ive. It has been unreal,” Dixon said.

Dixon’s fa­ther Stephen ad­mits it was a stress­ful ex­pe­ri­ence.

“The re­lief on Hugh’s face and the eu­pho­ria from ev­ery­one in the room was un­be­liev­able — it brought a tear to my eye,” he said.

“I have never ex­pe­ri­enced any­thing like it.”

Stephen, a life­long Hawthorn sup­porter like his son, is more than happy to split his al­le­giance with the Dock­ers.

“It’s amaz­ing how quickly Hugh’s friends have learnt the Fre­man­tle team song,” he said.

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