Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Jackson Awaits His AFL Fate Moment of Truth

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Jackson Awaits His AFL Fate Moment of Truth

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Griffith Thomas

SPORTS EDITOR

NICK JACKSON

Age: 18

Positions: Fullback and centre-half back

Height: 196cm

Weight: 88kg

Jackson reads the play well, can take a strong mark overhead, has a knack for taking intercept marks and a good ability of finding targets accurately by foot.

THREE years after taking a punt by moving to Brisbane to pursue his dream of playing professional football, Maryborough's Nick Jackson is hoping an AFL club will take a punt on him.

The Maryborough Bears junior will have his eyes glued on the television screen tonight hoping to hear his name read out at the NAB AFL Draft.

Despite spending four years in the Brisbane Lions Academy, Jackson isn't putting all his eggs in the Lions' basket ahead of tonight's draft.

Jackson rates himself a 50-50 chance to be selected, revealing four clubs have shown strong interest in him, including one club which contacted him earlier this week.

But the 18-year-old acknowledges his best chance of earning a spot on an AFL list next year will be through next week's rookie draft.

Despite the possibility of heartache tonight, Jackson, a strong-marking defender who reads the plays well, is handling it well.

"I don't know how I would feel (if drafted); obviously excited," he said.

"It's been my dream since I started playing for the Maryborough Bears more than 10 years ago, but I never thought it might happen.

"When I moved to Brisbane, I never thought I would even make a Brisbane North team, then a Queensland team and now the possibility of being drafted.

"But if it doesn't happen (get drafted), then life goes on.

"I've given it everything the last couple of years and have shown what I've got and if a club doesn't want that then so be it."

If Jackson was to break into the AFL ranks, it would cap a remarkable rise for the tall key position prospect. …

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