WEST Coast Eagles footballer Josh Hill says it’s all about taking the opportunities if you want to make it to AFL level.
The former Armadale junior player is looking forward to his first AFL grand final on Saturday after the Eagles beat North Melbourne in the preliminary final on Saturday night.
Hill took time out of his busy schedule to cheer on his junior football club Armadale in its grand final loss to Nollamara on September 12.
The Hill family has a strong connection to the club, with some of Hill’s cousins still playing there, including former Eagles forward Ashley Sampi.
He played junior footy in Armadale before moving to Broome, then coming back to attend Trinity College in Perth.
Although the 26-year-old does not consider himself a “big deal”, he does see himself as a role model to younger kids.
“I get back there (Armadale Football Club) and see kids walking around and some kids say hello and I am happy to answer any questions,” he said.
“Anything is possible if you put your mind to it, no matter where you come. It’s up to whether you take it or not.”
Hill has had a strong season for the Eagles, booting 39 goals in 21 games.
“I was happy to get an opportunity to play at the start of the season after missing a few games,” Hill said.
Hill said the side had to remain focused ahead of the grand final this weekend.
“You can never be too settled because footy is a funny sport,” he said.
Armadale Football Club football manger Lee Cover said Hill regularly came back to watch the club.
“At the end of the day, he is still a boy from Armadale. I guess part of it is they still remember where they came from,” he said.