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Katamatite footballer awaits AFL draft news

Tom Clurey’s life could be about to change forever if he is selected in the AFL National Draft tomorrow.

RANDALL JOHNSTON November 21, 2012 4:30am

Katamatite footballer Tom Clurey has been tipped as one of Victoria’s most wanted players ahead of the AFL National Draft at Surfers Paradise on Thursday.

Tom Clurey’s life could be about to change forever if he is selected in the AFL National Draft tomorrow.

The Katamatite footballer spoke to the Cobram Courier from Ocean Grove on Monday, where he was doing his best to unwind ahead of the draft.

‘‘There’s nothing I can do now — we’ll just have to wait and see,’’ the 18-year-old said.

There are a few teams rumoured to be interested in the Murray Bushrangers centre half-back, including his beloved Saints.

‘‘I’m a big Saints fan, always have been — so I’m pretty keen on them,’’ he said.

His favourite player is Nick Riewoldt.

‘‘He’s a good leader on and off the field,’’ Clurey said.

Although tipped as having a good shot, Clurey has made low-key plans to watch the draft on television at home with his father, Tony.

‘‘There’s a lot of things being said, but there are no guarantees with anything,’’ Tony Clurey said.

‘‘It’s just one of those things, you have to try not to get too carried away about it until it happens.’’

In regards to AFL club loyalty, the family members are split on who they support.

‘‘He’s a mad keen St Kilda supporter through and through. I’m Collingwood, and his older brother Nicolas goes for Geelong,’’ Mr Clurey said.

But Mr Clurey said any opportunity to play at the top level was one to grab with both hands.

‘‘If there’s an opportunity anywhere you have to take it,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s a once-in-a-lifetime thing — so anywhere would be great.’’

Clurey has just finished his Year 12 studies at Notre Dame College in Shepparton.

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