PORT Fairy ruckman Sandy Robinson will get the chance to impress AFL club scouts at a talent exhibition match this weekend.
Robinson, 25, is one of 47 players who will feature in the annual AFL Victoria young guns match at North Port Oval, Port Melbourne, on Sunday.
The match will provide the Seagulls recruit, who is also on the list at VFL club Geelong, to showcase his talent in front of club scouts.
He will be among players from the VFL, TAC Cup, metropolitan and country leagues who have enjoyed only limited exposure during the season.
Robinson is part of the 23-player Green team coached by former Carlton and North Melbourne forward Digby Morrell.
They will come up against Black, which has ex-Western Jets coach Adam Skrobalak at the helm.
Robinson said he was quick to accept an invitation to play in the match, despite admitting his call-up came as a surprise.
His selection comes at the tail end of a bumper season which also included representing Hampden and Victoria Country.
Robinson said he did not believe the opportunity would amount to much but did not want to finish his career wondering what might have been.
“I think I’ll be one of the oldest players running around. There are a lot of young guys in there,” he said.
“You just put up your hand when these opportunities come.
“If something eventuates, when that opportunity presents itself again you take that as well.
“I did the interleague game, the Vic Country game.
“It’s a good message to make sure you put your hand up and put in 110 per cent because you never know what could happen.”
Robinson said he had maintained his training regime since the Seagulls’ Hampden league campaign ended three weeks ago.
He said the shift from Geelong, where he played with Newtown and Chilwell, to Port Fairy had been worthwhile.
“It opened a few more doors, getting out of Geelong, which was good,” he said.
“When you play alongside someone like Sam Rudolph, he’s had a pretty handy career behind him. It was really good.
“When I was at Newtown I could worry about myself a bit. At Port Fairy, I’m one of the older guys.”
Colac onballer James Linton will play alongside Robinson in the young guns match, which is a curtain-raiser for the VFL preliminary final between Box Hill and Werribee.
They follow the path of Geelong defender Matt Sully, who played in the match last year and has since become one of the VFL’s standout backmen.
The former South Warrnambool junior won selection in the VFL team of the year and is an outside chance to get drafted by an AFL club.