Crystal Brook boy Brayden Kirk made his senior debut for North Adelaide in the SANFL over the weekend after spending the last three years in its junior ranks.
The 19 year old started on a wing and collected 12 disposals for the Roosters in their 44-point win over South Adelaide at Prospect Oval on Saturday.
His promotion to the senior team came after a run of 9 games in North Adelaide’s reserves where he was twice named among the best for the Roosters.
Kirk said that it was a “proud moment” to finally pull on the red jumper and take to the field.
“In the club rooms afterwards I was saying coming through the under 16s early on I probably never saw myself playing senior footy after the under 18s season last year,” he said.
“It certainly was a goal of mine and it was certainly a relief.”
Kirk said he was happy with his debut performance and was now hoping to string together a run of games with the senior team.
“Going into the game I was not expecting to get 30 plus possessions but I did feel that I played my role,” he said.
“When I had my time to go and go hard I thought I did, so overall individually I was happy with that for a first game, but also team wise to get the win that was also great.
“I am hoping to get another gig this week...hopefully what I was able to do on the weekend was enough to give me another shot and give me enough time to get comfortable playing at that level.”
From the age of 8 Kirk had been pulling on the Crystal Brook jumper before earning a scholarship to Black Friars in 2014 and transitioning into a permanent spot at North Adelaide.
Entering the Roosters academy at under 14 level, Kirk would spend two years in the 18s before he was made a part of the senior team at the start of this year.
Kirk was Captain of North Adelaide’s under 18s team in 2016, leading them all the way to the Grand Final but was unable to taste success on the final day after a dramatic one point loss seconds before the final siren sounded.
To cap off an impressive year in the SANFL under 18s competition, Kirk was invited to take part in the AFL state draft combine in Wayville alongside fellow Mid-North young gun Jackson Lee, however he was unfortunately over looked.
Now Kirk’s goal is to spend enough time at SANFL level to earn himself another crack at landing on an AFL list in the draft later this year.
“I want to keep playing at this level because the ultimate goal is to get drafted at the end of this year after being overlooked last year,” he said.