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18-year-old footy player from hot outback town makes history

Wyndham local Jason Carter is now a Fremantle Docker, after signing as a category B rookie in the 2018 AFL Draft.

The 18-year-old came through the Dockers’ Next Generation Academy (NGA) to join the club’s list for next year.

“I always wanted to play AFL as a kid. Being a Freo supporter, just always wanted to run out in front of the boys,” Carter said.

Carter has been training with the club for the last year, joining in with the boys once a week and getting a good idea of what’s required at the elite level.

“My time at the club has been awesome,” he said.

Carter has had a big year off the field too, completing a Certificate III in Horticulture while working as an apprentice with Aaron Sandilands’ landscaping business.

Next Generation Academy Coach Tendai Mzungu said Carter has grown a lot in 2018.

“I’m really proud of Jason, we’ve seen a really strong shift in him over the year,” Mzungu said.

The announcement is special for Carter and his community as he makes history as the first AFL-listed player drafted out of the northern WA town of Wyndham.

“Being a part of the Next Generation Academy has helped a lot,” Carter said.

The training will increase for Carter, as he makes the move to a full-time program.

“Obviously, the hard work starts for him now,” Mzungu said.

By Keiran Deck

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