SOUTH Warrnambool teenager Ethan ‘EJ’ Harvey hopes his senior football experience will help him at the V/Line Cup in Moe.
Harvey, who made his top-grade debut for the Roosters earlier this season, is among a host of south-west players spread across two North Ballarat Rebels’ squads for the under 15 statewide competition.
The Warrnambool College student played three senior matches under first-year South Warrnambool coach Mathew Buck this season.
He then went on to win a second straight flag with the Hampden league club’s under 16s – a competition he is still eligible for in 2017.
The promising midfielder said he was excited to test himself at the V/Line Cup.
The Rebels will play Geelong Falcons under lights on Monday and North East Border on Wednesday.
“It’ll be something different going up against better players at a quicker sort of pace and being the small bloke I am going up against big bodies, so it should be a good test,” Harvey said.
“If you do something well here, you should be in good stead to do the (Rebels) 16s and carry on from there.”
Harvey will join South Warrnambool teammates Isaac Thomas, Cooper Atchison and Jay Rantall in the Rebels’ top team.
“They are all gun players. Cooper’s got skills you’d probably kill for, Thomo is an absolute freak, he’s the best teammate I’ve ever had, and Jay is just an athlete,” he said.
“He captains Vic Country in basketball, so he’s an athletic sort of freak.”