Ben Paton's All-Australian selection to spark more AFL interest

BRILLIANT BEN: The Murray Bushrangers' Ben Paton will create even greater interest from AFL clubs after his All-Australian selection. Picture: JAMES WILTSHIRE
BRILLIANT BEN: The Murray Bushrangers' Ben Paton will create even greater interest from AFL clubs after his All-Australian selection. Picture: JAMES WILTSHIRE

Murray Bushrangers’ coach Leon Higgins says Ben Paton’s selection in the All-Australian team can only spark more interest from AFL clubs.

Paton was the only member of the border and North East-based TAC Cup side named after the national under 18 carnival.

“Ben played mostly as a midfielder and a forward last year, so that was his first year as a top-age player,” Higgins said.

“He had a little bit of interest from AFL clubs.”

Paton is now an over-age player in the TAC Cup as he turns 19 in October.

At 186 centimetres, he’s a lock-down defender.

“I didn’t mind the move (to defence), I played there a little bit in my junior footy,” he said.

“The Bushies has been a really good program.

“I’ve probably improved in all areas, skills a lot and fitness base.”

Paton’s Victoria Country won just the one game, against the Allies.

“I was surprised (to get selected) because we hadn’t won too many,” he said.