Chance for AFL dream to become a reality

Daniel Johncock playing for South Launceston in the State League. The 21-year-old has been selected as part of a reality television show titled The Recruit , which has the potential to earn him an AFL contract.

SOUTH Launceston's State League premiership player Daniel Johncock is set to become a reality TV star.

SOUTH Launceston's State League premiership player Daniel Johncock is set to become a reality TV star.

SOUTH Launceston's State League premiership player Daniel Johncock is set to become a reality TV star.

The 21-year-old is one of 12 players selected to be part of  The Recruit  - a reality football show that will give the winner a guaranteed contract with an AFL club.

The series starts with 50 ``undiscovered'' AFL players from around the country which are whittled down to a final 12 through two gruelling challenges.

They then live together and compete for the life-changing prize with one eliminated each week.

The series will air on Foxtel next Wednesday at 7.30pm, and will be hosted by former AFL player and radio personality Ryan Fitzgerald and three-time Brisbane premiership player and coach Michael Voss.

Johncock said he applied online to be part of the show and was lucky enough to be called back for try-outs about four months ago.

``I can't really say anything about the TV show until it comes out next week because it's on the contract that we signed,'' Johncock said yesterday.

``Once it goes to air I will be able to tell you more about my experiences.''

Johncock was part of South's premiership-winning side last season under coach Mitch Thorp but decided to head to Melbourne this season to try to break into the VFL along with teammates Michael Musicka and Jobi Harper.

He ended up playing footy at Maribyrnong Park Football Club with Musicka, before moving to his girlfriend's hometown of Adelaide.

``I am playing with a team called Kapunda in the Barossa Valley League until the end of this season and then looking to play in the SANFL next year,'' he said.

``I tried to break into a VFL club, did a preseason with Essendon and got down to the last cut - but found out I was going on  The Recruit  and after that I just ended up playing for Maribyrnong.

``It was a bit of fun and a pretty good league - so it was good football.''

Johncock said he would look at university study in Adelaide next year with a view to undertaking an exercise science or physiotherapy degree.

Smartphone
Tablet - Narrow
Tablet - Wide
Desktop