From landscaping to AFL in four years: reality TV winner to make debut

first_imgAustralia sport news It sounds like something out of a TV show – probably because it is. Winner of reality TV program The Recruit, Matt Eagles, has been named to make his AFL debut at 28 in Brisbane’s clash with Collingwood at the Gabba on Sunday. … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Reuse this content Since you’re here… Support The Guardian Eagles – from Port Lincoln in South Australia – did not start playing AFL until he was a teenager. That’s not the most unlikely part of his journey. Besides landscaping, Eagles had also dabbled in mining and dredging work before rolling the dice and entering The Recruit.“The journey has been a bit of a rollercoaster coming from a different pathway,” Eagles said. “I’ve loved it and I’d like to take this time to thank everyone involved in the journey – I’m just really proud to put the jumper on.”Eagles – a ruck-forward – had earned a one year Lions contract extension in late 2017. He will hope to spark the second-last Lions against the Magpies (10th; 3-3 record) after a frustrating 0-6 season start. Share on LinkedIn AFL Share on Messenger Brisbane Lionscenter_img Carlton finally commits to rebuild – but will leadership baulk? Read more Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share via Email Topics Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp An AFL career appeared an eternity away for Eagles when he owned a landscaping business just two years ago. But a decision to enter season two of Fox8’s The Recruit in 2016 changed his life.“The dream has come true for him. It’s come true because he’s worked hard,” Lions coach Chris Fagan said.At 200cm and 99kg, Eagles had all the physical attributes of an AFL player when he was drafted onto the Lions’ rookie list after winning The Recruit. But Fagan admitted he had his doubts when the dreadlocked Eagles first arrived at the Lions.“If you had have been at the first training session he turned up to, which was my first training session with the Lions, the number of times he got falconed [ball hit him in the head] and missed kicks and missed handballs, I was thinking ‘this is going to test me out a little bit’,” Fagan said.“From that day forward he’s continued to improve in all elements- skill, game understanding, diet, fitness, the lot. He’s come a long, long way. It’s a great story.”Sign up to receive the latest Australian sports stories every day Australian rules footballlast_img

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