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Dallas to debut

Dallas on debut Dallas Willsmore has been given the chance to step out in the brown and gold for the first time and he caught up with HawksTV earlier today.

It’s been four years in the making, but Dallas Willsmore will finally pull on the Hawthorn guernsey to make his AFL debut on Friday night.

Hailing from the small country town of Underbool (with a population of around 200), Willsmore spent time playing for Victoria Country U18s before joining the Hawks via pick 17 in the 2014 Rookie Draft.  

Now in his fourth season at Waverley, the versatile wingman has been completing his apprenticeship with Box Hill and after being on the verge of AFL selection last year, has seemingly stepped his game up a notch in 2017.

The 21-year-old has averaged 25 disposals across his five VFL outings this year, and has consistently been named among Box Hill’s best performers.

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According to GM-Football Operations Jason Burt, Willsmore has shown incredible resilience and determination as he hunts his senior debut.

“It’s been a long time coming for Dal, but we’re really excited that he will finally get his opportunity against the Swans this week,” says Burt.

“He’s worked so hard over the last few years, and we can’t fault his effort. 

“We’re confident that the time is right, and Dal is ready show his wares in senior footy.”

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