Hately keen for AFL Academy experience

LOCAL footballer Jackson Hately will be spending this week at Port Adelaide Football Club as a part of his NAB AFL Academy Placement.

The Trinity College student earned the opportunity after his performance at last year’s National AFL Under 16 Championships.

Looking forward, the 17-year-old is eager to rub shoulders with some of the Power’s biggest names.

“I’m just keen to learn off some of the guys, like Travis Boak, Chad Wingard and Robbie Gray,” he said.

“I think it, basically, just gives us what it’s like to be at an AFL club for a week.

“It’s really for us to see what they do and give us a taste.”

Hately is touted as a high pick in next year’s ‘super draft’, but has no expectations heading into the new year.

“I’m really focused on Central District with pre-season with them, I’m hoping to have a really good year with them,” he said.

“There’ll probably be some state stuff there in the middle.”

Hately has already been on high performance camps to Melbourne and Darwin, and after those camps was selected to be a part of the NAB AFL Academy’s next level.

Along with being surrounded by the AFL’s future stars, Hately is in pretty safe hands at the Academy.

“(Former Brisbane star) Luke Power is the head coach, but then you have assistant coaches like Brent Harvey, Brad Johnson and Drew Petrie.

“It’s a pretty unbelievable opportunity. “It’s great to have a chat to them, the one thing I learned in Darwin is you have to learn what’s right for you.

“Sometimes you try to copy other guys and what they’re doing, but it may not work for you.”

Jack Hudson

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Growing up in Gawler, Jack has taken on a variety of journalistic roles while still studying for his Bachelor of Journalism and Creative Writing degree. He began his career at The Bunyip as a weekend football writer, before taking on roles with The Footy Budget and The Cricket Chronicle and then earning his first part-time gig at the Barossa Herald. Now returning to The Bunyip, Jack also has a keen interest in footy and soccer, as well as a passion for gaming and reading.

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