Austin Britza's dream of playing football on the national stage was given a massive boost when he was chosen this week for a 2013 Tim Watson scholarship.
The Busselton 14-year-old was one of 20 boys and girls picked from 300 young hopefuls vying for the prestigious scholarship, which gives him entry to the DraftStar Academy, a 12-month development squad.
Austin said he was excited at the chance to move a step closer to his dream of an AFL career.
"I want to play for any team who takes me," he said.
"The scholarship will be very exciting and give me an extra edge to achieve my goals."
The midfielder said he lived and breathed footy, the only sport he plays.
He wants to become a strength and conditioning coach when he retires but hopes to delay that as long as possible.
The scholarship winners were assessed on skill, athletic ability, leadership qualities and attitude by AFL greats Danny Frawley, Jason Dunstall, Ben Dixon and Robbie Campbell. Dixon, a former Hawthorn champion and founder of DraftStar, said they kept their eyes peeled for boys and girls who showed the mettle of future champions.
"Young Austin Britza certainly showed the type of potential we were looking for," he said.
Austin's father Steve Britza said his son "would have travelled to the Moon" to get the scholarship.
"I am very proud of him, especially considering he is the only boy from WA selected," Mr Britza said.