Will Sutherland will pursue professional cricket career over AFL

Will Sutherland bowls for Australia in an under-19 match.
Picture: PATRICK GEE

SUPREMELY-TALENTED youngster Will Sutherland won’t
nominate for this year’s AFL Draft, the dual-sport star
choosing to pursue cricket ahead of football.

Sutherland on Sunday released a statement saying it had been an
“incredibly tough” call but he was choosing bat over football.

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“Most of the advice that I received was to just follow my
passion,” Sutherland said.

“That sounds easy enough, but not so much when my passion is
for both sports. I really loved my experience in the recent
Under 18 National Championships when representing Vic Metro and
this only made the decision more difficult.

“When it came down to it, my love and passion for the game of
cricket just won out. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed representing my
state and country in the under-age ranks and the prospect of
potentially being able to continue this at the senior level is
very much my dream.”

Will Sutherland playing for Vic Metro. Picture: Stephen Harman

Will Sutherland playing for
Vic Metro. Picture: Stephen Harman
Source:News Corp Australia

Shaun Graf, general manager of cricket at Cricket Victoria was
understandably thrilled.

“We’re pleased Will has made this decision and we look forward
to supporting him through the rest of his Year 12 studies and
his Cricket Pathway,” he said.

“The full Cricket Victoria squad lists for the upcoming 2017-18
season will be announced following the resolution of an MOU.”

AFL talent manager Kevin Sheehan said he was pleased
Sutherland, considered a top-10 pick should he have pursued an
AFL career, had made his decision.

“It is a big dent for the AFL,” Sheehan said on the Nine
Network.

“He is a good young man. It was always going to be a choice the
game he was more passionate about. He showed us a fair bit in
the national Championships.

“At 195(cm) he has the attributes but that’s the choice that we
knew would come one day. It is good he made the decision sooner
or later.”

Originally published as
Sutherland chooses cricket over footy

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