Appleby a Magpie

RISING UP THE RANKS. Former Cohuna Kangas player, Flynn Appleby toured Collingwood's headquarters earlier today. Picture - COLLINGWOOD FC.

RISING UP THE RANKS. Former Cohuna Kangas player, Flynn Appleby toured Collingwood's headquarters earlier today. Picture - COLLINGWOOD FC.

FORMER Cohuna Kangas junior player, Flynn Appleby’s Australian Football League aspirations took a significant step yesterday afternoon.

Collingwood selected the 18-year-old with its sixth selection in the AFL Rookie Draft – recognition of a stellar season with TAC Cup side, Greater Western Victoria Rebels.

The former Cohuna Consolidated School and Cohuna Secondary College student moved to Ballarat three years ago for greater footballing opportunities.

Flynn's time at the Kangas left a lasting impression on those who he played alongside and his former mentors – including current president, Grant Lunghusen.

“He’s a great role model. All of our junior look up to him and I’m certain they will push themselves a bit more to achieve what he has done,” Lunghusen said.

“Flynn’s work as a junior player has paid off, and it is a credit to the young fella. He’s worked hard, he’s very determined and he is very humble.

“It is a credit to his mum and dad for what Flynn has achieved.”

* For full coverage and reactions, read December 1’s issue of the Gannawarra Times.

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