Gympie’s Lachlan Keeffe has been promoted to Collingwood’s primary list, ending his days as a rookie with the premiership winning club.
Gympie’s Lachlan Keeffe has been promoted to Collingwood’s primary list, ending his days as a rookie with the premiership winning club. Renee Pilcher

Keeffe makes primary list

GYMPIE Australian rules football product Lachlan Keeffe has taken a significant step forward towards attaining a dream inclusion in the Collingwood senior team.

Lachlan’s father Matt Keeffe confirmed yesterday his son had made the primary list for the 2010 AFL premiership winning team.

The announcement was made last month and came at a time when Lachlan’s contract was up for negotiation.

“This basically means he is no longer considered a rookie,” Matt said.

“Being on the primary list means Lachlan has been seen as good enough to be eligible for inclusion in the senior team during the season proper.”

The major milestone ends Lachlan’s two-year term as a rookie after initially spending a year pre-listed.

With Collingwood in the middle of a major reshuffle with players retiring and new talent joining the ranks, Lachlan can take plenty of encouragement from his latest promotion.

“It’s definitely a vote of confidence,” Matt said.

“Some players have retired and others have been de-listed, so Lachlan is still there and the club wants him to stay around.

“He’s on the right track and it’s exciting for him to think about what lays ahead.”

Waiting for his chance to break into the senior side, Lachlan will continue to play in the VFL.

Initially, the Gympie AFL star was being groomed for the position of ruckman, but Collingwood officials have since noticed his abilities in full back and centre half.

Tomorrow, Lachlan flies out with the Collingwood squad to Arizona for high altitude training. It will be the second time the athlete has made the trip after his debut last year.

Matt said the trip was about maximising fitness but wouldn’t be easy.

“It’s brutal and the mental aspect of the training is just as important,” he said.

Lachlan’s story is already inspiring a new generation in the code after the young star was plucked from obscurity in his final year of high school attending a talent identification session in Brisbane.

Attending the session with his mates for a bit of fun, the former soccer player is now toying with the real possibility of joining Collingwood as a senior player.

Plenty of work remains before Lachlan realises his dream but there is no doubt his solid work ethic will give him the best possible shot.

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