Tuesday, July 19 2016 @ 11:16 PM ACST
Contributed by: Troy Thompson
Out there, playing somewhere in Australia right now, is a weekend warrior the AFL recruiters have either never seen or missed, a man dreaming of an AFL career. He is ‘The Recruit’ and he will win arguably the biggest prize ever given away on a TV show – a guaranteed place on an AFL list.
THE RECRUIT is a 10-part reality series that follows a group of ‘Recruits’ who live and play together as a team, while at the same time competing against each other, in order to win this life-changing prize.
Season one of THE RECRUIT aired in Australia in 2014 and was one of the breakout hits for Foxtel’s flagship, general entertainment channel, FOX8. The premiere of that series was one of the highest program launches in subscription television history, and finished as the channel’s most watched series that year.
Season two returns with the legendary Mick Malthouse, leading the search for Australia’s next sporting hero. Renowned for his record-breaking coaching career, Mick takes on the role of Head Coach.
Mick will be joined by the returning Executive Team comprising of former Hawthorn champion and FOX FOOTY commentator Ben Dixon as Assistant Coach, Port Adelaide’s world class fitness guru Darren Burgess as High Performance Coach; and accomplished sports administrator Leigh Russell as Mind Coach, responsible for the mental strength and wellbeing of the Recruits.
The 2014 series saw the introduction of two international recruits (partway through the series), Irishman Padraig Lucey and American Mark Cisco. Lucey went on to be listed as an International Rookie with Geelong where he continues to play in their VFL team.