- Tate Papworth
Maryborough footballer Jacob Lohmann is a step closer to realising his dream of playing in the AFL.
The promising young footballer earned a spot on the Greater Western Victoria Rebels (formerly the North Ballarat Rebels) TAC cup squad for the 2017 season, having made the cut from an initial field of over 100 hopefuls.
“I was a bit nervous at first, but as I kept making it through the cuts, my belief that I’m good enough to make it at this level grew stronger,” Lohmann said.
Lohmann played much of his junior football for Maryborough, before making the switch to Ballarat and Lake Wendouree to help take his game to the next level.
“Making the switch over to Ballarat has really helped me with my football and of course it’s helped me in being able to try out for the Rebels,” he said.
Lohmann’s long-term ambition is to play football at the highest level and he says his selection is not only vindication of his efforts thus far, but also a stepping stone to realising his dream.
“Getting picked for the Rebels is hopefully a stepping stone to where I want to get,” he said.
“It’s going to help me so much with my development, having access to elite coaching and facilities,”Lohmann said.
The teenager has high ambitions, however as a 16-year- old playing in an under 18 competition, his feet are firmly planted on the ground.
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