- Tuesday, 19 August 2014
The Esperance District Football Association have capped off another successful season with the Hepburn medal for best league player awarded to Mitch Kaye of the Esperance Bulldogs.
Kaye was brilliant in the ruck for the Bulldogs on their way to an undefeated season with the focus now firmly on claiming another premiership for the highly decorated club.
The Subiaco Football Club’s award for the EDFA Rookie of the Year also went to an Esperance Bulldog with Jayden Symonds claiming the prize.
Rookie of the Year Nominations Liam O'Collaghan, Jayden Symonds, Braydon Harris & Tim Harris
Subiaco have been running the award since the 2004 after inheriting the Esperance zone with the goal to highlight the most exciting young players from the area.
“Every year we attend the Hepburn medal count to represent Subiaco and present the Rookie of the Year award to a talented young player. We've developed this achievement with the goal of rewarding the best young talent and giving them an opportunity to achieve their aspirations.” Said Player Development Officer Jeff Lind
The winner of the 2014 Rookie of the Year has been a part of Subiaco’s Esperance Development system and the club aim to offer Symonds the opportunity to play football in Perth.
“Symonds has played both colts and league football in Esperance and developed into a hard-working footballer. His father was a WAFL player for both East Fremantle and Claremont so he has an excellent footballing bloodline,
“Jayden has been a late developer and participated in our talent program in Esperance. He’s matured well playing for the Esperance Bulldogs and we will be in contact with him and his family in regards to taking his football to the next level. We’re keen to provide him with an opportunity.” Said Lind
Along with Symonds winner of the Hepburn medal Mitch Kaye is also expected to make the trip to Perth to further his footballing career with the Subiaco Football Club.
“Mitch Kaye and Chris Harding from the Esperance Bulldogs are planning on putting a full pre-season in at the Lions next year and we encourage them to do so. They are both 6’5 talents and we look forward to them working with the club.”
“Our goal is to make sure our talent program in Esperance is as high of quality as possible. We’ve appointed Kingsley Walker who is an ex-WAFL and SANFL player to make sure the players receive the correct guidance and implements to and provide a development plan that helps these young footballers achieve their potential. The country kids don’t get as big of a chance to shine like the Metro kids do so it’s our job to make sure these zones are getting the attention they deserve.”
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