Liam dreams of playing AFL

Injuries not a deterrent
Injuries not a deterrent

The 15-year-old suffered a lacerated leg at 10 that ended his 2009 season before he dealt with numerous hamstring problems in 2010.

Liam was hospitalised in 2011 with a burst appendix, leading to septicaemia and two more operations.

After one more hospital visit due to a low white blood cell count, Liam broke his wrist in his first game back for Carine, before tearing ligaments in his ankle a few weeks later and pulling out of the 2013 season.

Liam said he never considered quitting football and giving up on his dream of playing in the AFL.

‘After having so many injuries I have learnt that you should never give up,’ he said.

Liam said the ankle injury was the most difficult to recover from.

‘The hardest to get back from was the torn ligament in my ankle because I had to do a lot of rehab to get better, whereas with my wrists, once the casts were off I played,’ he said.

His attitude and commitment to come back from such debilitating injuries earned Liam a nomination as a HBF junior sports hero.

‘I feel very privileged and excited to be nominated as an HBF hero because I try my best at everything I do,’ he said.

‘I have achieved something that people can look up to me for.’

Liam said he enjoyed school and other sports but hoped to pursue a career in football.

‘I play water polo and I watch other sports like cricket but I know that sport will not last forever so I do focus on schoolwork as well,’ he said.

‘My dream is to play AFL but if I don’t make it to that level I want to know that I gave it my best shot.’