18 May werribee centrals young gun
FOOTBALLER OF THE WEEK
BRAD CARLTON WERRIBEE CENTRALS
Werribee Centrals had the local footy world buzzing after their gutsy preliminary final loss in 2019, with many pundits believing the fresh faced youngsters in the team would come back this year as a formidable force. One of that group is tough inside mid fielder Brad Carlton, another internally developed tyro the club prides itself on. The 21 year old feels very much at home in a deep pool of mid field options coach Nick Smith has at his disposal and despite his tender years, is happy to assume a senior role within the team. Brad arrived at the club as a 14 year old, after starting his career at Werribee Districts and has enjoyed the trips down the highway to Geelong and the world of GDFNL. He finds the football standard improving in our competition and feels the focus on playing the ball and not the man sets the GDFNL aside from the Western Melbourne suburban league.
Brad is very confident this young team is building a little dynasty for the club, as was the case at the turn of the century, when the club won three successive premierships. The team is still fired by the pain of the 2019 finals exit at the hands of Bannockburn and is certainly excited by the challenge of todays clash with the reigning premier.
The fourth year apprentice plumber keeps himself naturally fit on the job and as his boss is teammate Brendan Wilson, he remains focussed on pipes and the upcoming contest on the weekend. This group has the world at its feet and Brad doesn’t feel weighed down by the expectation, in fact he sees it as positive to keep the team focussed. Regardless of the outcome of todays match of the round clash, the Centurions will keep coming hard at the top end teams throughout 2021.