Young gun chases dream

Footballer Shayne Hille. Picture: Marcus Whisson d411711
Footballer Shayne Hille. Picture: Marcus Whisson d411711

The 17-year-old from Bedford was recently named as a member of the WA Football Commission Under 18 State Academy.

‘This allows us to have more one on one time with our coaches and get a step above the rest,’ Shayne said.

‘I will have more time with strengthening coaches and physiotherapist and it will place me a step ahead and give me the contacts to get to the next level.’

The midfielder, said he modelled his game on current players Gary Ablett and Trent Cochin. His style of play has so far earned him selection in the Under 16 State Team, in which he was named vice captain and won the most valuable player award at the carnival last year.

He has also captained his local side Morley Bulldogs and his school team, which has won the premiership four years in a row.

He is also a member of the East Perth colts team.

Shayne said while making it to an AFL side was the ultimate dream; he would continue to focus on his studies.

‘This year I didn’t make the 18s because I was focused on year 12 and, for me, it is still a higher priority to go to university and hopefully study physiotherapy,’ he said.