Five Northern Knights have been named in the initial Vic Metro U/16 squad.
Adam Carafa, Xavier Naish, Lucas Perry, Lachlan Potter and Charlie Simonsen are a part of the 55 strong squad aiming to be a part of the final squad to head up to the Gold Coast to participate in the National Championships.
Youth Academy Head Coach Brett Potter says he’s really thrilled for the boys to be able to get in that initial squad.
“It’s a really exciting time for the boys to be announced in the initial squad”, Potter said.
“For them to be able to train with some of the elite players in the country is a fantastic opportunity for them.”
Charlie Simonsen says he can’t wait to get started and make the most of this opportunity.
“I feel really privileged to be given the opportunity in the initial squad.”
“I feel like I’ll be getting the cream of the crop in terms of coaching and training from the state coaches and I’m going to try and take as much as possible away from that whether I make the final team or not.”
Lucas Perry echoes what Simonsen said and can’t wait to get to work.
“It’s an honour to be named in the initial squad and it’s something I’m really excited about”, Perry said.
“I’ll get to see exactly where I am at with my football and it’s a real chance for me to improve my game around other elite talents.”
Adam Carafa will miss the championships with injury, Potter says while disappointing he knows he’ll be back better than ever.
“It was sad to see him going down after working so hard during the preseason, he’s a tough kid and I know he’ll work extremely hard to get himself back in shape and playing good footy.”
The squad will be narrowed down before the Under 16 Championships start in June when Vic Metro plays Vic Country on June 24th.
Vic Metro will play two more games against South Australia and Western Australia on the Gold Coast in early July.