Ben Ainsworth was just a boy from the La Trobe Valley who had his sights set on playing in the AFL from an early age, and dedicated all his energy to getting there.

His determination has taken him almost 2000 kilometres north of Morwell, to the Gold Coast Suns.

In Round 22, Ainsworth kicked three goals and earned himself a Rising Star nomination and his former coach at the Gippsland Power, Leigh Brown, believes he has more than earned it.

The former Fremantle, North Melbourne and Collingwood player says that he could tell Ainsworth was always destined to be an AFL player.

That faith was evident when he handed him an under 18’s debut at age 16.

“He was ready, and he was super talented,” Brown told

“We try and do that with our elite juniors who have got a high level of talent to give them a taste of what’s to come.” Read More


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