by Brooke Duncan
AFL: The future is looking bright for Chinchilla Suns player Patrick Dobel after he was accepted into the under-13s Brisbane Lions Academy summer program.
The program is designed to identify talented junior players in the state and offer them an opportunity to develop their skills.
Chinchilla Suns president Troy Wischnat said the program usually identified 70 players, with fewer than 20 in Patrick's age group.
He said the program would give Patrick extra training and help position him to play professionally in the future.
"He'll have particular development programs and have access to sports science and training and health and all that sort of stuff to get him in the best possible position that he can be once he starts to get into the higher levels of junior football and senior football,” Wischnat said.
"It's really good. It's a credit for our club and it shows there is junior development and progress through the pathways to achieve those goals if kids want to go that far.
"This is obviously the first step in that journey for Pat if he wants to get there one day and play at the top level.”
Patrick said he started playing AFL after going to training with a friend and he really enjoyed the physical activity and being with his friends.
"I get to kick a ball around with my mates and play footy over the weekend,” he said.
Patrick said he was looking forward to the development program and would like to play AFL professionally in the future.