Glenmore star Brandon Chadwick shoots for Gold Coast Suns
BRANDON Chadwick is chasing his dreams.
While many Year 12 graduates are still working out what they want to do after school, Rockhampton Aussie rules player Chadwick has it all planned out.
After celebrating the end of his school life at Airlie Beach next week the 17-year-old will pack his bags and wave goodbye to family and friends to chase an AFL career on the Gold Coast.
Chadwick is hoping to follow in the footsteps of former Glenmore Bulls star Zac Smith and achieve his goal of playing professionally in the AFL.
After a good season with the Bulls this year, Chadwick said he was looking to reach even greater heights at the Gold Coast.
"It's a good opportunity to play some better quality footy," Chadwick said.
"I'll see where I go and see what happens.
"It's a much better competition."
While he hasn't signed with a club in the south yet, Chadwick said he was crossing his fingers for a position with Southport AFC.
"I'm not 100% too sure who I'll be playing for down there at the moment but hopefully a club will see what I'm worth and what I can do for the club," he said.
"I'd be happy with any club but I'd love to play for Southport.
"They are a higher quality club and it would be good to play with that fan base and in that quality of a team.
"There are lots of AFL scouts that attend the local games on the Gold Coast and it would be a great opportunity for me to showcase my skills and what I can do."
The talented teenager has already rubbed shoulders with some of the best Aussie rules players the country has to offer, as he featured in a North Eastern AFL game for the Suns earlier this year.
"I played in the NEAFL competition, for the Gold Coast Suns reserve team this year and I had been in the Suns Academy leading up to that for the past four years," he said.
"The academy has given me a good opportunity to play at my best ability."
Despite his desire to play in the south, Chadwick admitted he would miss Rockhampton and the club he has called home for most of his life.
"Glenmore is just like home for me," he said.
"It's a great family club and it has just been a great time for me.
"I've been here with the club since I was a young kid and playing Aussie rules is all I can remember doing.
"Getting to the AFL level would be just wonderful and to have the opportunity to play at the highest level is all I want."