AFL draftee and former Maryborough Education Centre (MEC) student, Nick Hind returned to home soil on Friday as part of a St Kilda Football Club clinic.
Visiting MEC, Highview College, St Augustine’s Primary School and the Maryborough District Health Service, the 10 Saints footballers made the visit to town thanks to AFL Central Victoria.
AFL Central Victoria is responsible for the Bendigo Football Netball League, the home of the Maryborough Football Netball Club, and the visit was to help generate interest for the club as well as bring some excitement to the local community.
Although originally a Clunes native, Hind said it felt “good to be back” in Maryborough, especially now as a drafted AFL player.
“It’s definitely different coming back now, I don’t get here much but it’s been really good,” Hind said.
“I think visits like this are good for the kids of Maryborough. Maryborough’s had some really successful footballers and people that have gone on to be great players and champions of the AFL, so it’s good to just come back and show the kids that you can chase your dream and make it come true, even if sometimes you have to go the hard way about getting there.”
Hind knows all about hard work, drafted last year at pick number 54 after three years in the VFL system,
the 24-year-old is considered a mature-age talent in the AFL and said he is very grateful that the Saints took “a leap of faith” on him.
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