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Cam Sutcliffe: ‘I still have the buzz to play AFL’

After 104 games with Fremantle, Kadina lad Cam Sutcliffe returned to South Australia in December and has joined the Port Magpies for the upcoming 2019 SANFL season.

He went One on One with Jack Hudson to talk about his footy journey, and his aspirations to return to AFL level.

Jack Hudson: Tell us about your junior days and your local club.

Cam Sutcliffe: My footy got serious when I was at Kadina, I moved there when I was seven.

I had a couple of good mates there, Jake von Bertouch and Angus Paul, we bounced off each other, which made our footy a lot easier.

They were good players, it drove you to continue to be good through those ranks.

I started playing with the (Woodville West-Torrens) Eagles in the under 15s, we were all chosen to go up there and start the development academy and work through the ranks there.

That led to under 17s footy, state under 16s footy, and then under 18s footy into getting drafted in 2011.

JH: What were the junior days like at the Eagles?

CS: It was exciting, as we had a really good team at that point in time.

I remember in the last year of the under 17s, we were looking strong and going towards the grand final.
A few of us went up and played reserves footy, and then we couldn’t come back down and play again.

We ended up losing the preliminary final, and I couldn’t play in that.

That was disappointing, but it drove us next year in the under 18s, we had a strong year, but missed out again later in that year.

I think playing footy with Woodville-West Torrens, it was a tight group, and the country boys we had there, there was a few from the Yorke Peninsula, so that helped that process of playing.

JH: When did you first think footy was going to be a career for you?

CS: I don’t really know, I never really expected to be drafted, even in my draft year because I didn’t play that well.

When I was drafted to Fremantle, I think it came down to them interviewing me, and I think they were impressed with that.

I said I could only do it (the interview) in my lunch hour, and I think they liked that.

Ultimately, that might have got me drafted.

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Jack grew up in Gawler, South Australia – just 45 minutes north of Adelaide – and has a passion for all things football and soccer. Jack has worked in the media for more than four years, and hosts his own sports show on Barossa radio station BBBfm. He previously played football for Elizabeth, South Gawler, Gawler Central and at junior level with Central District, and is a die-hard Port Adelaide fan.