Friends’ shining footy future

Reid Polak and Yusef Kassem have been selected to play for the state’s talent squad. Picture: Marcus Whisson www.communitypix.com.au d400093
Reid Polak and Yusef Kassem have been selected to play for the state’s talent squad. Picture: Marcus Whisson www.communitypix.com.au d400093

The 16-year-olds have played football together in Belmont since they were five and will continue to play side by side in WA Football League for the Perth Football District Club’s development squad – a team of 35 of the best 16-year-old players in the state.

For Reid, playing for the club gives him the chance to continue the family legacy – his father Troy was listed to play for the Fremantle Dockers and is the older brother of former Richmond and Dockers player Graham Polak.

Reid said he would like to play for the Gold Coast Suns but is currently taking his career one game at a time.

‘I visualise games where I’ve played well before and trying to mimic my performance,’ Reid said.

As for Yusef, he jokes his family legacy is baking because his Lebanese family own the local pizza shop.

Australian-born Yusef also recently played for the World 18’s team in Melbourne, which recruits talented 16-year-olds from around Australia where the player has at least one parent from a non-English speaking background.

‘I grew up watching Ben Cousins playing in the Eagles – if I could chose I’d play for West Coast,’ Yusef said.