Published on July 16, 2014 8:30 pm

Victorians join The Recruit

Four highly talented Victorian footballers have the chance to reignite their AFL dreams after being selected in the final 13 of reality TV program The Recruit.

The Recruit, which aired tonight for the first time on Fox 8, will see one of the 13 players secure a spot on the list of an AFL club.

While aspects of the draft / selection process will become clear through the course of the 10-week run of the show, all 18 AFL clubs will have an opportunity to select the winner of The Recruit through the live Draft selection process scheduled for the final episode on September 17.

Players had to be 20 years of age on or before 31 December 2013 and may not have been on an AFL Primary or Rookie List at any time previously in their career or on a VFL, SANFL or WAFL club list in 2012 and 2013.

The four Victorians that will be put through their paces by head coach Michael Voss and fitness guru Darren Burgess are:

  • Nathan Jackel (Darley FC , Ballarat FL)
  • Brendan Goss (Old Xaverians, VAFA),
  • Chris Moreland (Geelong West St Peters FC, Geelong FL)
  • Ryan Semmel (Rye FC, Nepean FL)

Brendan Goss

At just 23, the prodigiously talented Goss (pictured above) just may be the man most likely out of the four Victorians to be left standing at the end of the show.

He may not be the most imposing forward you’ve ever seen, but his freakish skills and ability to put himself in the best position – think Geelong’s Steve Johnson – has him regarded as one of the Victorian Amateur Football Association’s best.

Clever on the ground and tough to beat on the lead, the laidback star has the X factor to take his football to a new level but questions remain over his fitness levels.

After growing up playing for Garfield FC in Gippsland, Goss has become a favourite son at Old Xaverians, kicking 80 goals in 2013.

He also shone with five goals in the VAFA rep side which defeated the Eastern Football League in this year’s Metro Championships.

Nathan Jackel

Jackel, 26, is a powerful midfielder who loves getting dirty at the bottom of the pack but also has the speed to burst away from them.

The man with the long locks was a revelation for Darley in the Ballarat FL last year and was named in the Devils’ best in a staggering 13 games out of a possible 18.

Jackel played a handful of games with the Werribee Tigers’ development league team in 2009 and previously trotted out in the Western Region FL for the Port Melbourne Colts and in the Riddell Football league for Rockbank.

Ryan Semmel

Semmel, 26, is an180cm on-baller who has been labelled a raging bull. The inside midfielder is a prolific ball winner and a thumping kick.

Semmel joined Nepean FC club Rye this year to play alongside his brothers after spending the past few seasons with Huntly in the Heathcote and District FL.

A league best fairest while at Huntly and selection in the 2013 Vic Country No.2 side are also part of his football CV.

Semmel’s career actually began in the VAFA with De La Salle before stints with the Hampton Rovers (VAFA) and the Shepparton Swans in the Goulburn Valley FL.

Chris Moreland

Moreland, 24, is a highly regarded talent from Geelong West St Peters in the Geelong FL.

A clever half-forward/wing/half-back type, Moreland has the smarts and outside game to make an impact at a higher level.

After beginning his senior career with Bell Post Hill in the Geelong and District FL, he played four games with Geelong’s VFL side in 2009 before returning to his roots at the Panthers.

In 2012, Moreland’s form won him selection in the Vic Country No.2 side to compete at the National Country Championships in Wagga Wagga, after which he moved to Geelong West St Peters for the 2013 season.

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