Jaxon Jones Egan hungry to win a flag
In celebration of NAIDOC Week, we’re featuring the voices and proud stories of First Nation Australians. Here is aspiring footballer Jaxon Jones Egan.
Harvey athlete Jaxon Jones Egan is hoping to be the next South West kid to receive a call-up to the AFL stage.
Egan plays for Peel Thunder in the Colts division — after a stint with both Harvey-Brunswick-Leschenault and the Harvey Bulls.
He was given a spot in the League side at just 16 years of age and managed to play finals with the Harvey team.
The teenager said Paul Fimmano was a good mentor for him while he refined his skills at the Bulls, before getting nabbed by Peel Thunder.
He also praised the efforts of his Peel Colts coach.
“Michael has helped me grow as a footballer and a person,” Egan said.
“He gave me a go and gave me a place to stay in Perth so I could still be part of the team.”
Egan has made a name for himself due to his ability to take big grabs. He has strong hands and despite only being 180cm, manages to come out of the pack marking contests with the Sherrin.
The 19-year-old plays on the outside as a half-forward wingman and is also a trusted shot in front of goals.
He said he was looking to develop his tackling pressure to become a more rounded player.
Egan plays in the same team as another Harvey product Jono Ietto and said it was nice to play with mates as “that’s what footy is all about”.
The Colts team had a taste of the premiership last year, but lost to Claremont by five points at the final siren. Egan said playing at Optus Stadium and getting so close to the flag pushed him to lift his game.
I’m definitely hungry for a flag.
The Peel prodigy will be looking at breaking into the league team next year and has his eyes set on the AFL.
“We start pre-season training this month so I’ll be hitting the running track and trying to build up my fitness,” he said.
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