Central Coast footy devotee and sportsman all-rounder Thomas Head has been selected for a Fremantle scholarship.It means the 16-year-old will be drawing on the advice from Dockers’ skipper Matthew Pavlich in the coming years to ensure he runs out alongside his idol in two years time.

Head was scholarship listed with the Dockers after an impressive performance in the Joss State Zone Trials at Riverview earlier last year.

But it seems the glad tidings came as a huge surprise to the 195cm key position player who was in the middle of recovery when he found out he is one step closer to playing in the AFL.

“I was actually in the swimming pool doing recovery when they offered me a two-year scholarship with the Dockers. I got out and couldn’t keep the smile off my face – I was so happy,” Head said.

“Heading into the trials I was just hoping to play the best possible football I could, my aim was to be playing for the NSW RAMS and to progress from there, but this was a huge bonus to get offered the scholarship.”

The NSW Scholarship Scheme, which ended in July this year to accommodate the introduction of the Sydney Swans and GWS Giants Academies, will give the Dockers first choice to draft Head when he turns 18.

As a junior growing up on the Central Coast, Head was a state 200m runner and also finished eighth in high-jump for NSW.

Head is scheduled to travel to Perth for the first time this month when he undertakes a modified pre-season training with the Dockers.

Head will play in the Talented Player Program (TPP) and the AFL Sydney competition for two years while he receives tuition from Dockers coaches.

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