Yarran s journey just the beginning
Shane Yarran at Subiaco. Pic: Sharon Smith

Subiaco's Shane Yarran can be forgiven for not knowing what he is capable of.

Two years ago he was in jail.

And last year was spent readjusting to life on the outside and reconnecting with football, playing for Peel league club South Mandurah.

Now the 25-year-old's rise to prominence in State football ranks is ready to hit new heights.

Yarran is preparing to play in the finals next month to cap a remarkable first season at WAFL level in which he has kicked 31 majors in 16 matches for Subiaco.

He is also getting his head around the possibility that life next year could be spent as an AFL footballer after receiving an invitation to the State draft combine on October 12.

West Coast, who have long searched for a consistent small forward, is one club interested in the 186cm goal kicker, who is a strong chance to go in this year's rookie draft.

"I never doubted myself that I could probably play at the WAFL level," Yarran said.

"It was something that I always wanted to do, but I am actually surprised (by my performances).

"Playing at the top level here in WA and getting on the scoreboard is pretty good, but down at Subi we've got a good bunch of boys and the club is good."

Born in Armadale, he is a first cousin of Carlton's Chris Yarran and spent time as a junior playing alongside the smooth-moving Blues defender.

He was released from Hakea Prison in March last year.

Yarran said the experience had been life changing.

"I missed out on a fair bit of football," Yarran said.

"Last year down at South Mandurah was my first year of playing footy as an adult.

"Before that I spent some time in prison. That's what held me from playing footy.

"We played footy in there every weekend. All the boys in there love it, not having much else to do or going for you. Footy's always a good thing in there.

"I went to prison at a pretty young age. I was 18.

"I was sentenced to six years. I was in there for a fair bit and wasted a lot of my young age and talent by missing out on footy.

"But definitely just with the passion for footy, it changed my life to get out and want to play."

Yarran received a call midway through last year from Subiaco assistant coach Caine Hayes about joining the Lions for pre-season.

He has been challenged this year by coach Jarrad Schofield to have an impact on games for longer periods and says he is indebted to the WAFL club and his partner Kristi for their "amazing" support.

That help has been reflected in his football, with a haul of six goals against Perth in round 17 showing his capacity to be a damaging forward.

Yarran admits to being left "shell-shocked" by his WA combine invitation even with his rapid progression on the field.

"Being a mature-ager now, I had it in the back of my head thinking that my chances may be gone," he said.

"But having an invite to the State draft has made me think that anything can happen."

The West Australian

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