AFL national draft 2015: Darcy Tucker waits for clubs to decide

Darcy Tucker

Darcy Tucker

HORSHAM’S Darcy Tucker’s dream of playing AFL football could become a reality on Tuesday night.

Tucker – who has fielded interest from a number of clubs – will watch the AFL national draft with his family at home in Horsham.

He said the prospect of being drafted was both exhilarating and nerve-racking.

“It is getting really close now and I am fairly nervous, but excited at the same time,” he said

The versatile defender could prove a big asset for any AFL club, with many expecting him to be in high demand.

Tucker said he had no idea which club could take him, but a number had interviewed him throughout 2015.

“I have talked with clubs since the national championships and at the draft combine. There were a fair who talked to me,” he said.

“I suppose it is good if they are talking to you, but there aren’t any clubs who really stick out.”

The Horsham Saints junior and North Ballarat Rebels player said he had no problems heading interstate if it meant he was drafted to an AFL club. “Any kid is lucky to get the option to get drafted anywhere and I am exactly the same,” he said.

“I will take it and make the most of it if I get interest, no matter where I end up.

“I don’t want to set any high expectations – the main aim is to take it day-by-day.

“The first thing is to earn respect from all the players and staff.

“Hopefully if I work hard and do the right things, games will come.”

Tucker said his parents would support him no matter where he ended up, even if it was interstate. “They would love me to be close by obviously, but if I was to go anywhere else they would be happy for me,” he said.

If Tucker is selected on Tuesday, he would start his first AFL pre-season almost immediately.