Corey Gault turns 19 at the end of October, but that has not stopped the young man from country Western Australia moving on with his football career.
He has been scouted by a number of AFL clubs and said that he was excited about the prospect of playing AFL football.
“It is very exciting knowing that I could be playing against or alongside some of the players I have looked up to,” he said.
Gault is 197cm tall and has cemented his spot in the Swan Districts side. He is a versatile player who has a great over head mark that I liken to Nat Fyfe.
He admits he has worked tirelessley on it.
“It is a very important skill, so I thought it was imperative to be good at it”.
He is a solid ruck man, but admits he might not have the ability to be a ruck man at the AFL level.
“I’ve been contacted to be more of a running half forward”.
Gault played for Brookton Pingelly Football Club as a junior before moving to Mazenod Junior Football Club where he was a boarder.
Gault states that he will nominate for the National Draft, and after being selected in the State Under 18s side, he has a great chance of being drafted.
“I played 3 games (in the State Carnival) and got to go over east, it was a great experience and I met some great blokes as well”.
Gault knows how hard it is to break into the League side.
“I kept just missing out on the call. It is the extra work you put in that takes you to the next level,” he said.
He is also studying sport teaching at Notre Dame.
Gault said that his family were his biggest inspiration.
“My family have always been very supportive”.
I asked Corey is the idea of playing AFL has set in yet. He said no.
“No not really, it is so hard to get drafted and you never know what the clubs are thinking. It is such a small percentage that get drafted”.
Corey is certainly a footballer to watch, and although he did not stand out during the State Under 18s carnival, his work rate, fitness and over head mark are certainly qualities that any AFL club would look at.
His ability to take strong pack marks are brilliant, and his knowledge of the ball and the ability to read the play and understand the game are first rate.
Corey Gault is certainly one to look out for. I tip him to be drafted this year.