A local sports star has been picked up by Subiaco Football club to bring his talents to the West Australian Football League.
Brayden Ainsworth said he was originally scouted by the club two years ago, while he was still in high school.
“I was finishing off school so they said when you finish school come up and get stuck into it,” he said.
The 18-year-old midfielder said he had been settling in well since moving to the city in February.
“I’ve just getting stuck into footy really,
“It’s been a good transfer really from country to the city.
“Footy wise anyway it’s going well.
“It’s a little hard, you miss family, friends and all that.
“The footy club and the players have been really good and helped me out heaps.
“They’re always there, around me at training and made me feel really welcome so it helped a lot.”
Ainsworth has embraced the jump up in skill level since joining the WAFL.
“Everyone’s basically as good as what you are really,” he said.
“The skills are a lot better, it’s a lot quicker from end to end.
“It’s a bit of a jump but it’s been a good transition really.
Born and raised in Esperance, Ainsworth grew up as part of a proud footy family, and has been playing for as long as he can remember.
“Since I could walk I guess,” he said.
“I’ve been playing footy for ages because dad always played footy so he got me into it.
“All the brothers always played footy.
The Gold Coast Suns supporter hopes to one day make the climb to the big league.
“That’s the plan, hopefully get up to the AFL level, that’s the end goal,” he said.