Reid relishes Geelong Falcons move

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Mt Barker’s Jordan Reid is hopeful his decision to travel more than 3000km to play for the Geelong Falcons in the TAC Cup will boost his chances of being picked up in this year’s AFL national draft.

After completing Year 12 and playing 16 league games for the Bulls last season in the Great Southern Football League competition, Reid decided against moving to Perth to play colts for Claremont, instead choosing a path that took him to the premier under-18s competition in Victoria.

The key position talent did a pre-season with the Falcons last season but a hip injury derailed his chances of making the final squad.

The 17-year-old returned for this pre-season, making the Falcons squad for 2017, and has played in all six matches so far, becoming an integral part of their undefeated start to the year.

“I got invited back for this year after that first pre-season,” Reid said.

“I’ve done well, made the squad and it’s all going well.

“It’s a top standard over here, there are a lot of talented players and the footy is very skilful.”

The Falcons sit on top of the TAC Cup ladder with six straight wins and Reid has kicked 10 goals playing at full-forward and as a second ruckman.

“The first three games there were (AFL) scouts everywhere and a lot of pressure,” he said. “After six games, you get used to it (the pressure).

“(Getting drafted) is what I came over here for, and there is a lot more chance coming over here.

“I just want to play my role every week for the team and hopefully we can keep our winning streak going.”

Reid’s best performance came against the Dandenong Stingrays when he kicked three goals and had 11 disposals, while he finished with two goals and 10 hit-outs against Eastern Rangers.

His current form has Reid in contention for the Vic Country under-18s side that will play at the national carnival later this year.

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