Tom's AFL dream on hold while enjoying a stint at Noosa
AUSTRALIAN RULES: He still has some hopes of making the big time but, for now, Tom Templeton's intent on guiding Noosa to success in the south-east Queensland competition.
The 21-year-old linked with the Tigers after playing every game for Ballarat in the Victorian Football League last season.
A talented midfielder, he's essentially dropped a couple of tiers.
When asked if he still had ambitions to get to the Australian Football League, he said: "Yeah, I think so. In the next few years I'll re-assess and go from there to where I want to go with my footy. I'll figure that out after this year and next year."
For now, he didn't want to pass up an opportunity to work, live and play footy at iconic Noosa.
"There's better opportunities up here," the landscaper said.
"There wasn't a lot going on in Ballarat.
"It's a great gig (on the Sunshine Coast). I'm enjoying it."
He's one of a handful of Victorians to link with the Tigers for this season. Among them are Jyles Lebler, Barry Smeeton and Ryan Jeffery.
"We've definitely recruited well this year," he said.
Fourth of 10 teams, Noosa beat sixth-placed Coorparoo 10.13 (73) to 7.14 (56) margin over at Noosaville on Saturday.
Second-placed Maroochydore beat seventh-placed Burleigh 20.19 (139) to 10.10 (70) at Burleigh Waters and ninth-placed Caloundra lost to fifth-placed Yeronga South Brisbane 19.8 (122) to 14.5 (89) at Fairfield.