Moama's Aidyn Johnson is one step closer to living his AFL dream after he was chosen for the AFL Academy program.ERIN LYONS August 15, 2014 3:05am
Moama’s Aidyn Johnson has been selected to join 31 other standout footballers in the AFL Academy program.
The program is designed for young footballers who are eligible to be picked in the 2015 AFL draft.
While he represents Scotch College, Johnson is also a part of the Bendigo Pioneers side which competes in the TAC Cup.
The talented footballer has played all his junior football at Moama Football Club.
Magpies coach Simon Maddox
‘‘He plays tall and he’s really strong for his size.
‘‘You look at him and would not think so, but his strength is really deceiving.’’
However Maddox said if Johnson’s busy schedule permitted, he would see out the season with the Magpies.
‘‘He has confidence in his own ability and is a pleasure to coach,’’ Maddox said.
‘‘He really takes the game on.’’
Johnson is playing his third season in the seniors competition, a remarkable feat considering he will only celebrate his 17th birthday this year.
‘‘I think he had his first seniors game almost three years ago against Deniliquin,’’ Maddox said.
‘‘Which is really impressive.’’
As part of the AFL Academy program, Johnson will travel to the US in January for an intensive training camp intended for high performance athletes.
‘‘I’m sure he will get drafted, he’s got a heap of great coaches in Melbourne and in Bendigo,’’ Maddox said.
‘‘When he’s here with us in Moama we will keep passing on advice.’’
Johnson will work with an AFL club to accelerate his development in skill and knowledge.
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