Jaymie Graham, the local lad who made good in the AFL – initially as a player and now as a development coach – has urged Goldfields youngsters with similar aspirations to remain steadfast in pursuing their goals.
Graham was just 25 when he walked away from the AFL for family reasons in 2008, but not before he had chalked up 37 appearances with the West Coast Eagles.
The former South Fremantle star had been the Goldfields Football League’s 2000 Rookie of the Year while playing for Mines Rovers.
Currently employed as a development coach with St Kilda on a three-year deal alongside Scott Watters, Graham said playing in a tough competition like the GFL while still a teenager laid a perfect platform for his eventual rise to the AFL.
“It is tough (to reach the highest level), but if you have specific goals, visions and directions on where you want to go, it is achievable,” Graham, the special guest at Friday night’s Goldfields Sports Star of the Year Awards, said.