Roosters duo put reality game on the line

ROOSTER RECRUITS: North Ballarat Roosters Matt Eagles and Daniel Cox are finalists in football reality television show The Recruit. Picture: Kate Healy

ROOSTER RECRUITS: North Ballarat Roosters Matt Eagles and Daniel Cox are finalists in football reality television show The Recruit. Picture: Kate Healy

NORTH Ballarat Roosters duo Matt Eagles and Daniel Cox could win a place on an AFL list tonight.

The pair have reached the final three on football reality television show The Recruit, which will air in a live finale from Crown Casino in Melbourne tonight.

Lively forward Cox, aged 21, is tipped as a favourite to win, having impressed with his flashy skills. Cox hails from the East Kimberley region in Western Australia and joined the Roosters and Ballarat Football League club Sebastopol in May.

The Recruit head coach Mick Malthouse, a North Ballarat Hall of Famer, said: “Daniel has explosive lateral movement and pace. He also has a very good football brain and skills to back up his decision making.”

Queenslander Eagles is touted as a solid ruck prospect, who captained The Recuit three times in the second series.

The 26-year-old impressed Malthouse, who said: “Matt proved a very reliable ruckman both in the air and on the follow up on the ground. He went forward and learnt more about the game to be an AFL player.”

The Recruit winner is guaranteed a category B rookie spot with an AFL club, classified the same as an international player or someone who has not played the game for more than three years.

Recruiters from all 18 AFL clubs will votes on each player on a 3-2-1 basis. The player with the most votes win then each club has the chance to draft or pass on the winner. If more than one club makes a bid for the winner, the winner can choose the club they join.

Roosters football general manager Gary Buckenara was a talent spotter for Fox Footy show.

Recruit hopefuls were derived from more than 1000 applicants of local football stars, late bloomers and young guns. 

Cox and Eagles add to Ballarat’s growing list of reality television stars, including cook Kate Ferguson, who has made it through the next week’s finale of Zumbo’s Just Desserts.

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