Trip a step to AFL dream

Spearwood resident Regan Spooner will leave for Johannesburg tonight to play three games against the South African national team and run football clinics for young children.

The trip will also include visits to tourist hotspots.

“I hope to make more friendships with the boys from the other states and to experience different things and the different culture because I want to travel as much as I can,” he said.

The 16-year-old Melville Senior High School student said he would use the trip as another step towards achieving his goal of playing in the AFL.

“Playing in the AFL has always been my dream ever since I first picked up a footy around the age of five or six,” he said.

“I know it’s going to take a lot of hard work but I’m ready for the challenge.”