Kan­gas prod­uct in AFL draft sights

Albany Advertiser - - SPORT - Tim Ed­munds

For­mer North Al­bany wing­man Corey Hitch­cock ad­mits he was shocked to re­ceive the call-up to test him­self in front of AFL re­cruiters at this Sun­day’s WA State AFL Draft Com­bine.

The 19-year-old who played colts and re­serves in his first sea­son at Clare­mont is one of 21 WAFL play­ers who will be put through their paces in speed, agility, power and en­durance test­ing at the State Net­ball Cen­tre.

Hitch­cock, who played in North Al­bany’s league premier­ship in 2017 be­fore mov­ing to Perth, said he was sur­prised when told of the news AFL clubs were in­ter­ested in him.

“To be hon­est I was a bit shocked — it’s been a bit of a roller­coaster year but when I got the call up I was cer­tainly happy about it,” he said.

“I’ll just be giv­ing my ev­ery­thing and get the best out of my­self.

“I’m hop­ing I did enough through­out the year and hope­fully my re­sults will boost my chances.

“I thought I had a pretty de­cent year. I wasn’t the big­gest ball get­ter but they had me play­ing dif­fer­ent roles ev­ery week and I felt like I was play­ing my role.

“At the end of the day I guess that’s what mat­ters.”

Hitch­cock av­er­aged 14 dis­pos­als per game for Clare­mont colts play­ing on a wing and across half-back af­ter start­ing the sea­son in the re­serves on the Tigers’ se­nior list.

Since get­ting the call-up to the State Draft Com­bine, the 19-yearold has been busy jug­gling full­time work with ex­tra sprint and agility train­ing ses­sions and set train­ing for the com­bine group of 21 WAFL play­ers.

Hitch­cock said he would not be look­ing fur­ther ahead than this Sun­day.

“I just want to get the best out of my­self and hope­fully I shine bright this week and ob­vi­ously put ev­ery­thing I have into it and come Novem­ber we will see what hap­pens, if not (drafted) into a big pre-sea­son,” he said.

Hitch­cock is the only Great South­ern player head­ing to the State Draft Com­bine af­ter Al­bany draft hope­fuls Jor­dan Clark and Ty­ron Small­wood at­tended the na­tional AFL Draft Com­bine last week.

Pic­ture: Lau­rie Ben­son

RIGHT: North Al­bany prod­uct Corey Hitch­cock has been in­vited to the WA State AFL Draft Com­bine this Sun­day.

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