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.