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Coasting : Issue 11 May 2010
central coast • new south wales RUNNING MAN: Sydney Swan Jarrad McVeigh has become one of the AFL's elite midfielders. Picture by Vince Caligiuri. By DAVID STEWART Jarrad McVeigh COASTING COVER STORY It was 2002, and as new Sydney Swans recruit Jarrad McVeigh filed into the club's change room to meet his team-mates, it dawned on him. The former Central Coast junior realised that he was in the presence of some of the players he'd pretended to be when he was just a skinny kid kicking the footy around with his brother Mark in the family's back yard at Tumbi Umbi. "When I first walked into the change room they gave me the No 3 jumper and I was sitting next to Barry Hall and Paul Williams and guys like this who are legends of the game," McVeigh said. "It sets in the you are at the work your wa But McVeigh In fact, he con step towards the fulfilment of a dream that he somehow knew would always be realised. "I always wanted to play AFL," he says. "I always had that dream. And I always had confidence in my ability." So much so, that the versatile midfielder confesses that he's never had a Plan B. When asked what he'd be doing for a living if he wasn't Former Killarney Vale junior Jarrad McVeigh won't ever forget the day he became a Sydney Swan. No need for Plan B Flying high ⁄ Jarrad McVeigh was snapped up by Sydney Swans at No 5 in the 2002 national draft. ⁄ In 2008, he won the Swans' best and fairest trophy and was voted by team- mates onto the nine-man leadership group. ⁄ He's widely regarded as the Swans' best running midfielder, and many pundits have him earmarked as a future Sydney captain. playing football, McVeigh draws a blank. "I really don't know. I just always set myself to play AFL," he said. "I always believed that if I worked hard enough I'd get there. So I honestly couldn't tell you what I'd be doing if I wasn't playing AFL."
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