HARD work has paid off for a young Coffs Swans player with big dreams.
Jake Brown has been selected to play in next month's national championships to be played on the Gold Coast after being chosen to be part of the NSW/ACT Rams under-16 team.
Over the past couple of months there has been a series of matches played between the respective Academy squads from the Sydney Swans and GWS Giants.
Playing for the Swans, Brown impressed selectors with his hard attack on the ball despite only weighing in at 63kg when he steps on the scales.
At the championshiops there will be no shortage of AFL talent scouts trying to get an early gauge on who they might be drafting at the end of the 2016 season.
If Brown's football in the past is any guide there's no doubt he'll come under notice. The two words most used by Jake's club mates and coaches when describing him are "work ethic".
This selection is testimony to the dedication and commitment Jake has shown toward the game over a number of years.
The Rams squad will come together for a training camp in Sydney later this month before playing on the Gold Coast during the July school holidays.
The local AFL community is hoping Jake isn't the only Coffs Harbour teenager to be playing at the championships.
Bishop Druitt College student Kaman Malou has been selected in the initial World Team squad to play in the championships.
The final World Squad is expected to be announced within the next fortnight.
To be eligible for the World Team, players or their parents must be from emerging communities, speak English as a second language, and aged 15 or 16.