HARROW man Jack Beaton set hearts on fire when he was announced as one of the farmers taking his search for love to a national level.
Network Seven revealed the six men looking for love on the new season of Farmers Wants a Wife on Friday - the crop of which includes the 27-year-old West Wimmera farmer and footballer.
A Seven media spokeswoman said production would commence in the next few months and that casting was open for those interested in applying to be a contestant on the show.
Mr Beaton is a merino farmer, based at Harrow, who describes himself in his Farmer Wants a Wife profile as energetic, fun and enthusiastic.
"I have a great love for life and above all, I love an adventure," he said.
He listed his interests as the outdoors, travelling, exercise and debating.
Mr Beaton is known among footballing circles. He has made his mark as a key position player, having played juniors at Harrow-Balmoral in 2006, before stints in Geelong and later for the Stawell Warriors in the Wimmera Football League in 2016.
He has represented the Wimmera league at interleague and will return to play for Harrow-Balmoral next year in the Horsham District league, where his six-foot-five height and strong experience are an asset.
Harrow Balmoral coach Nick Pekin said Mr Beaton was a valued player and "down-to-earth bloke".
"I think I'm more excited about seeing him on the show than having him play footy," he said.
Mr Pekin said Mr Beaton always puts himself out there - whether it was on the field, or the sidelines where he is known to regularly volunteer around the place.
"I have been dealing with him and around the club and he is just respectful in every way," he said.
Mr Beaton was open about his struggle to find the right partner in a promo video for the show.
"It is certainly very difficult to meet women in this part of the world," he said. "There's not a whole lot of ladies sticking around, it's just most of us young boys so it's slim pickings in my little pocket of the world, that's for sure."
He said he was most attracted to a woman's smile, but stipulated that a love of dogs was a must.
"If she doesn't love dogs, that'll be our first initial hiccup because of the amount we have running around here," he said.
Mr Beaton said he doesn't have children, but is open to having them once he meets the right person.
West Wimmera can look forward to a little boost in interest to the region, with footage from Mr Beaton's property showing beautiful countryside.
"Come and visit a beautiful place, to live and laugh," he said to aspiring contestants. "Hopefully we will find something and, at the very least, I promise we will have some fun."
West Wimmera Shire Council CEO David Leahy said Mr Beaton being chosen for Farmer Wants a Wife was welcome news.
"Agriculture plays an invaluable role in the lives of many of our residents and our economy," he said. "It is positive that we will be able to share natural and environmental wonders which are a part of the everyday lives of our farmers with the rest of Australia.
"We congratulate Jack on being selected to participate in the show and wish him all the best in his quest for love".
Women interested in winning Mr Beaton's heart can apply at https://go.mycastingnet.com/Apply/Show/FWAWLadies
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