Fingers crossed for Durak Tucker

A “freak” injury sustained at training might have seen Durak Tucker’s time on the footy field cut short to just one WAFL colts game this season, but it failed to put an end to the Australind teenager’s dreams of playing AFL.

The gun defender is among the draft prospects who are crossing their fingers they will be picked up by one of the clubs at this year’s AFL draft.

“Hopefully my name gets called out – and that’s the dream,” Tucker said.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – OCTOBER 03: Durak Tucker poses during the AFL Draft Combine headshot session at Marvel Stadium on October 3, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media)

It may be an exciting time for the South West Academy of Sport athlete now, but Tucker’s journey along the AFL pathway hasn’t been a smooth one this year, despite it starting out well by being named vice-captain for Peel colts.

“I played the first game of the season, and then I was at Tuesday training up a Mandurah,” Tucker said.

“We were playing a scratch match and I was running towards the ball and I got pushed on the side and I landed on my ankle awkwardly and it dislocated my knee. And the way it dislocated tore the ACL with it.

“It was a freak accident. It was a bit unlucky.”

Fortunately, the 18-year-old enjoyed a good season last year, leading to him receiving an invite to the combine.

“That’s when I realised I had a really good chance of getting drafted, so I moved back here, focused on my rehab and that’s when SWAS helped me so much with that,” Tucker said.

SWAS football head coach Jamie Douse assisted with the footballer’s recovery, which has involved a lot of time at the gym at the South West Sports Centre.

The talent, who has played for Peel Thunder, Bunbury Bulldogs and Guildford Grammar, is set to find out his fate in the two-day AFL draft this Friday November 23.