Clark eyes big finish
Wednesday, 15 July 2015
Subiaco youngster Greg Clark is back in town after the NAB U18 National Championships and will use the experience to develop his game.
Clark captained West Australia into his second U18’s Championship and the 18 year old learnt valuable lessons from leading the best talent in WA.
A bit bigger and a bit wiser Clark relished in the chance as WA skipper.
“It was great to get a couple of wins from a team perspective against some really good opposition. To go over to Victoria and beat Vic Metro in their home state was a highlight and the one point win against South Australia was another really promising result,
“Last year was a massive learning curve for me whereas this year I knew what to expect. I was younger both physically and mentally in 2014 and it helped me prepare and contribute this time round. I tried to bring a bit of experience and help some of the younger players.” Said Clark
Clark was included in the 2014 intake alongside Lions Aaron Summers, Adam Creeper, Max Walters, Josh Deluca and Cody Grace and used the previous experience to his advantage when leading the Black Ducks.
“The older guys in the team last year looked after me and mentored me so I did my best to reciprocate that with the group this year,
“When we went through a patch of losses it was important to get the boys up and keep them motivated. Everyone can sort of fall into a trap of not caring but I found I could connect with the guys and try lead from the front.” Said Clark
Clark with the NAB U18's National Championship captains. Photo: AFL
The tall midfielder made a return to the maroon and gold last week and played for the Lions colts against East Perth. Clark hadn’t played a colts game all year despite being eligible and enjoyed playing alongside Subi’s next batch of youngsters.
“It was great having a run with the colts. I got off the plane on Friday night and wasn’t sure how I would go the next morning but it was great to contribute to a win. They’re a young group of guys who are on the brink of playing really good footy so it was great to get amongst it.”
Senior football is un-doubtedly on the horizon for Clark who is solely focused on the grind.
“I’m just going to keep working hard on and off the field and try and create opportunities for myself. I still need to prove myself and when the time is right it will be right. “
It may be too early to use the “D” word for Greg Clark but his name has been featured amongst the top prospects to join the AFL in 2016. For now Clark is focused on Subi and becoming the best player he can be.
“They draft you on your ability to play, so I’ve got the rest of the year to prove I can provide my role for Subi. If I focus on football and keep improving on the areas I need to then I’ll hopefully be invited to the combine,
"I’ll keep training hard and setting short-term goals and I’ll see where it takes me." said Clark