Collingwood discard Kirk Ugle has not given up on his dream of forging an AFL career, saying he wants to get drafted again.
Ugle, 20, became a surprise casualty in October when the Magpies sliced five players from their list.
But in a bid to turn the heads of AFL talent scouts, Ugle revealed he would line-up for Swan Districts this season.
The delisting was a bombshell for the silky small-forward who had been keen to play on at Collingwood after three senior games and solid VFL form in 2012.
“I thought I had a pretty good year this year. I was hoping to get another contract,” Ugle said.
“They (the club) said there were too many people playing for the same spot. That’s basically why I got delisted.”
Despite meeting with several clubs including West Coast, Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs in an attempt to continue his career, Ugle was overlooked in the Pre-season and Rookie drafts and returned to Bunbury with his wife and daughter last month.
He will remain in the South West this season to be close to his family.
“The last couple of weeks have been a bit stressful with not getting picked up and moving back here,” Ugle said.
“I was a bit disappointed but you can’t really do much about it.”
Ugle is aiming to prove a point in the WAFL.
“Hopefully I can have a good year and get picked up again,” he said.
“It’s going to be tough not to have the boys around to push you through a gym session or a training session.
“I’m going to work on my own while I’m down here.”
After being snapped up with pick 60 in the 2010 National Draft, Ugle was forced to wait patiently for his moment but made a fairytale debut against Essendon on Anzac Day last season in front of a packed MCG.
“It was a good experience to get under my belt. All the boys are a good bunch of blokes,” Ugle said.
“It was good to debut this year. Anzac Day was pretty massive. There were nearly 90,000 people there so it was pretty scary.”
Before he was drafted Ugle played 35 games for Carey Park, choosing to make the majority of his appearances in the SWFL rather than the WAFL.