Former local footballer Jack Henderson looks set to join the Werribee Tigers in the Victorian Football League in 2018.
The 18 year-old recently joined the Tigers for pre-season training after the club reached out to him.
Henderson was a member of the Geelong Falcons’ 2017 TAC Cup premiership side this year but missed out on being drafted by an AFL club.
The onballer said he originally planned to re-join the Falcons as a 19 year-old but was unable due to a ruling by AFL Victoria.
‘‘I didn’t end up getting another gig at the Falcons because AFL Victoria believed I had enough opportunity to showcase myself throughout this year,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s disappointing because I didn’t get to fully concentrate on the Falcons due to my school footy, but I can see where they’re coming from.
‘‘I completed one session with the Falcons and was training with the Geelong VFL side for two weeks, but then I got a few phone calls from Werribee.
‘‘I trained with Werribee for a couple of weeks before the Christmas break and I’m look forward to getting back into it in a few weeks.’’
With Werribee no longer being affiliated with AFL club North Melbourne, there will be more opportunities for senior games in the VFL this year.
‘‘Werribee have 22 spots on the field available now that they’re a stand-alone club,’’ Henderson said.
‘‘I’ll have a much better chance at playing senior footy regularly at Werribee than Geelong so the decision was easy.
‘‘There are a lot of players from country towns at Werribee so it’s been a really enjoyable time so far.
‘‘I have work lined up as a teacher’s aide at Geelong College next year.
‘‘That will work out well for me being able to juggle work and footy training.
‘‘I still have a passion to play AFL footy so hopefully I can make my mark at VFL level and get noticed.’’