St Francis student and current Murray Bushranger Abby Favell is moving one step closer to achieving a life long ambition as she prepares for the AFLW Combine at the end of September.
It has been a dream for the talented footballer since she was in primary school.
"Ever since I touched a footy I knew that I wanted to play footy," she said.
"Being able to go into the draft is one step closer to reaching my dream.
"I'm a bit nervous but also excited."
Favell was gearing up for her second season as a Bushranger coming off the back of a stellar first season which saw her take out the Daisy Pearce Medal for Best and Fairest in 2019 but the 2020 season had to be cancelled due to COVID-19.
While it has been a difficult year, the year 12 student has found ways to keep her football skills sharp.
"A lot of the girls who play in areas where their clubs are still going have been able to play, but it's been a bit harder for me," she said.
"The closest competition is in Canberra and travelling to Canberra wasn't going to be convenient.
"I have been training with the boys in Leeton, and they have really helped keep skills sharp. I've been playing netball with the Crows and netball training and playing town comp basketball as well so I have been able to keep my fitness levels up.
"It has been hard juggling football and school but just been training with the boys and kept doing what I have been doing."
Favell thanks her family for their help in her reach this point, particularly her brother Jack.
"He is someone that I have really looked up to in my footy career," she said.
"He always comes down to have a kick with me, and he was the one who taught me how to kick, so it all started with him."
The AFLW Combine will assess each player's strength and skills through several tests including 20-metre sprints, agility tests and vertical jump.
The NSW/ACT leg of the women's combine will be held on Tuesday, September 29.