Launceston recruit returns with AFL dream still alive

LAUNCESTON recruit Michael Musicka hasn't given up on his AFL draft dream and hopes returning to the State League can help him realise it.

With a business opportunity opening up and his fiancee keen to return to Launceston for study, the former South Launceston forward has returned home after 18 months in Melbourne opting to join the Blues instead of his former Bulldogs teammates at the Western Storm.

 ``I felt like a change of scenery and Launceston will be a great start with what they have to offer in the coming years,'' Musicka said.

``I didn't get a chance on a VFL list and things didn't go my way, which was disappointing.

``But the football went really well at a local level playing with Maribyrnong in the Essendon District League under Brodie Holland because it is a good league with a lot of ex-AFL players.''

Musicka said he was looking forward to getting stuck back into TSL footy and expected to use his goalkicking talents in a forward role for the Blues.

``Hopefully I can get a forward line coaching role as well and I hope I can get a few more recruits to the club with me being here and see where we can take the club in the next couple of years.''

Keen to get involved again in state representative football, the 21-year-old said it was ``quite devastating'' to miss out on South Launceston's 2013 TSL premiership but hopes to get the chance to play in one down the track. 

``I am not giving up on my draft ambitions yet and hope I can still get picked up from State League,'' he said.

``I will line up on Sunday and it should be a good game against Western Storm _ it will be interesting to see how much banter I get but I'm looking forward to it.''

Launceston recruit Michael Musicka, who will play for the Blues this weekend, acquaints himself with his new home at Windsor Park.  Picture: NEIL RICHARDSON

Launceston recruit Michael Musicka, who will play for the Blues this weekend, acquaints himself with his new home at Windsor Park. Picture: NEIL RICHARDSON

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