PROMISING Horsham footballer Jordan Duncan will get his chance to impress VFL side Essendon when its pre-season kicks off late next month.
The former Demons backman has been playing up forward for Geelong Football League side South Barwon Swans.
Duncan said he got his first taste of Bombers VFL training earlier this season, describing it as an eye-opening experience.
He hopes to take the chance with both hands and secure a spot with Essendon’s AFL Victoria Development League team.
“I trained with them a few times during the season,” he said.
“It was awesome down at Windy Hill with all their first-class facilities.”
The 19-year-old moved to Geelong during the off-season to study at Deakin University and has enjoyed challenging himself in the GFL.
“The depth is probably the main difference in the Geelong league,” he said.
“I went down there and played a couple of practice matches in the back-line, but the coach said there wasn’t a spot for me there.
“He chucked me in the forward line early in the season and I’ve been there since.”
The Swans, led by triple AFL premiership defender Matthew Scarlett, face the winner of Grovedale and Bell Park in the GFL grand final on September 21.
Duncan was a key player in his side’s second semi-final win over Grovedale at the weekend, booting four goals to take his season tally to 46 from 16 matches.
“We’ve only dropped one game all year so we’d be pretty disappointed if we didn’t win,” he said.