Scary outside but soft in the centre
Sam Alford, WA's Reality TV contestant on Farmer Wants A Wife at Home Valley Station on the Gibb River Road. Picture: Lee Griffith/The West Australian

Meet "Farmer Sam" from *Kununurra, * one of seven blokes around Australia and two from WA to wear his heart on his sleeve on television in a quest to find a life partner.

Filming on the new series of Farmer Wants a Wife got under way at *Home Valley Station *in *the Kimberley *recently and *Sam Alford *, 33, appeared a little bemused to have a starring role.

He told _AAA _ he was nominated for the show by his best friend in Queensland and he had no idea why. "You'd have to ask him that," he grinned.

"I didn't really want to do it at all - they had to talk me into it."

Born in Mt Isa, Alford lived on his parents' cattle farm until he finished school. After learning a trade and travelling the world, he returned to the bush and last year started a mustering and cattle transport business in the Kimberley.

"I've got my own road train - I think it's wicked," he said.

With bright blue eyes, a ready smile and a large tattoo poking out from his plaid shirt, the self- confessed romantic "softy" has already picked the three women to vie for his affections, who arrived at Home Valley at the end of last month.

Alford admitted he had never watched the show and had little idea what to expect, but he hoped to find a soul mate and best friend. He had only been in love once, with a woman he broke up with some years ago.

While some ringers and truckies might have a bad reputation for "playing up", he said he was different and prided himself on never having cheated on a woman.

"I'm big and scary on the outside but soft on the inside . . . I'm good fun and probably an exciting person to be around," he said.

Forbidden from revealing specific details about the women for fear of spoiling the first episode when the series screens later this year, he said only that they all "obviously looked nice".

"Then it came back to character and personality . . . and they're all completely different," he said.

His ideal woman was faithful, good with money and "hot" - and if she came from a family that owned a cattle station, that was a bonus. "I'm just putting it out there . . ."

At the very least, the winner had to embrace the lifestyle he loves.

"It's an adventurous but peaceful sort of life to lead and you're away from all the horrible things in society, I guess," he said.

"You're closer to nature - and no two days are the same."

He pointed out that living in Kununurra was not as remote as living on a cattle station and he enjoyed a normal life. "I'm not a hermit," he said. "I do a fair bit of water-skiing and wakeboarding and fishing on the Ord River, dodging crocodiles . . . I play a bit of touch footy and go to the tav."

"We'll shift a few cows around and ride a few horses. I've no idea what is going to happen."

FLIP PRIOR

"I'm not a hermit. I do a fair bit of water-skiing and wakeboarding and fishing on the Ord River, dodging crocodiles . . .

I play a bit of touch footy and go to

the tav." Sam Alford

The West Australian

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