Dalgleish named in state squad

11-07-2018 by admin

Lauchlan Dalgleish in 2013. Picture: LIESL HALLAM FORMER Ararat footballer Lauchlan Dalgleish has been named in the initialVictorian Football League squadto take onSouth Australia on May 29.

Dalgleish was delisted by Essendon at the end of 2015 before joining the Western Bulldogs’ feeder team, Footscray.

He is one of 30 players to be chosen for the squad.

Footscray defeatedPort Melbourne at North Port Oval on Saturday withDalgleish named among his side’sbest performers with 22 touches.

The 23year old said he had endured some indifferent form so far during the 2016 season.

“I started my pre-season well, butin the lead up matches to thisgameI started to drop in form, so it was a surprise to be chosen,” he said.

“I found I was ball watching and drifting out of the game.

“The coachessat me down to talk to me about what I needed to improve on,and I think that helped.”

Dalgleish has been playing along the wing and half-forward for Footscrayalthough on Saturday, he featured across half-back.

He said he was more comfortable playing in the back line.

“At Essendon I played more down back and think I enjoy it there, but I’m learning as I go,” he said.

Dalgleish’s fatherAndrewsaid he is proud of his son’s selection in the squad.

“For himto have the opportunity to represent Victoria is exciting,” he said.

The elder Dalgleish said he was hoping his son’sbody would survive the physicality of playing football.

“We’re justhoping his body holds up to the rigours of it,” he said.

“If Lauchie’s body isn’t right when the opportunity arises, then it could be the end of his career.”

Andrew said he doesn’t give his son any advice regarding his football, however he doesattendLauchlan’s games.

“We tend to get up there to Melbourne a fair bit, and living in Ocean Grove now makes it easier,” he said.

“We enjoy going up to watch his game, and we’ll catch up afterwards iftime works out.”

Dalgleish’s fathersaid he thought there is still an opportunity for his son be picked up by an AFL club.

“I’d imagine Lauchie’s still young enough to get drafted as long as he plays well enough and if the club identifies him as the type ofplayer they need,” he said.

The VFL squad will be cut to 25 for the clash between the two leagues at Adelaide Oval on May 29.The squad will meet on May 24beforea finalteam of 23 is named for the showdown.

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