GREATER Western Sydney says it could not be more impressed by youngster Nick Coughlan after the Scots student was awarded the GWS academy award at the Giants’ inaugural best and fairest count this week.
Coughlan, 15, was awarded the trophy for excellence at the Kevin Sheedy medal count at Homebush in Sydney on Thursday night.
Giants Academy manager Lachlan Buszard said praised the work ethic shown by the Scots student throughout the Giants’ academy program this season.
“We cannot be more impressed with Nick’s character and commitment to football,” Buszard said.
“He’s a developing key positional player who has the ability to play both forward and back.
“His impressive form for the NSW-ACT Rams at the under-16 National Championships saw him win selection in the AFL-AIS Academy squad.”
Coughlan, who will line-up for Albury’s thirds in its second semi-final clash at Wangaratta today, was recently chosen as part of the Australian Institute of Sport’s next intake of level-one squad members coached by former Brisbane star Chris Johnson.
The squad will tour New Zealand in January.
The Giants academy award is awarded each year to a regional zone player and registered academy member who has represented NSW.
The player must have exhibited exceptional leadership skills, sound physical preparation and consistent performance.
Importantly, they must have the capacity to develop into an AFL footballer.
Albury defender and former Sydney star, Tadhg Kennelly, recently labelled selection for the AIS-AFL academy program as a “huge stepping stone” towards being drafted by an AFL club.