Clark shines brightly
- Wednesday, 27 August 2014
Subiaco youngster Gregory Clark has been elevated into the second stage of the AFL Academy with a second 12-month scholarship.
The athletic midfielder has developed into one of the Lions Colts most reliable midfielders with the athleticism to play inside and outside midfielder whilst also possessing the height to be dominant in aerial contests.
Clark was delighted to be included in the second stage of the AFL Academy with the goal to develop his game as much as possible.
“I’m definitely excited to be a part of the AFL Academy this year. Due to the re-structure the AFL now govern the program so I’m looking forward to developing my game under some great tuition and experiencing all the advantages like the USA trip and the Grand Final exhibition match,
“I’m also hoping to use the experience to develop areas and get an understanding of what work rate you need to compete in AFL environments. We get to train with AFL squads a couple of times throughout the program so I’m excited for the opportunity.” Said Clark
Despite the Lions colts narrowly missing the finals Clark has enjoyed a breakout year which saw him develop as a dominant midfielder and represent Western Australia at the U18’s State Nationals.
“It’s been a great year for me and I’ve really enjoyed my football. I got experience from the West Australian State representative side as a younger player and I played some really fun football for the Lions colts,
“Last year I was probably the youngest player fighting for a start in the colts but this year I secured my place in the side and worked hard at developing my game. Although we had an up and down season and struggled to main consistency with the ever changing line-up I played in some of the most fun games I’ve ever been a part of.” Said Clark
With Clark offered another 12 month scholarship for the AFL Football Program there’s no doubt the eyes of AFL selectors will be on the Subiaco youngster; but the modest 17-year-old is adamant that football is the main focus.
“You try not to think of being drafted and that kind of stuff and just have fun playing football. I’m enjoying my football at Subiaco and am focused on progressing as a footballer as much as possible.” said Clark
But that doesn’t take away from Clark’s dream, which is set on playing AFL football at some point in the future.
“The main goal in five years or so would be to work hard and create the AFL dream for myself. There’s obviously a lot of water to go under the bridge but that’s what every footballer dreams about. Not everyone gets this opportunity so I’m hoping to make the most of it.” said Clark
Clark’s focus is set on finishing the season strongly against East Fremantle this Sunday with his first AFL Academy requirements waiting in mid-September.
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