Lofty ambitions for football pocket rocket

Swan Christian College Year 11 student and promising footballer Shaun Nugent. d414789
Swan Christian College Year 11 student and promising footballer Shaun Nugent. d414789

The 16-year-old started playing when he was five-years-old, getting involved in the sport through Auskick.

He plays for the Ellenbrook Junior Football Club while training with the East Perth colts and recently represented the 15s State Schoolboys Carnival in Darwin and South Africa as part of growing the game internationally.

Despite being told early on that he was not tall enough to play, the Year 11 Swan Christian College student said since taking up the sport 11 years ago he had not looked back, taking inspiration from other players including Fremantle Football Club’s Hayden Ballantyne and Adelaide Crows recent recruit Eddie Betts.

‘I love everything about the game including the adrenalin of running with the ball, knowing that every decision you make affects the outcome of the game and just the nature of the game and how fast-paced it really is,’ he said.

‘In the future I would undoubtedly like to play AFL as a career and get through to young people that AFL could definitely be a possible career option for them

‘As a small footy player I do look up to Eddie Betts and Hayden Ballantyne because they give me hope that you don’t have to be tall to get far in AFL.’

Nugent rated selection into the All Australia Schoolboys Football Team and promoting AFL in South Africa as his greatest achievements so far.