AFL hopeful Jamaine Jones is determined to make the most of his second chance after accepting an offer to train with West Coast.
Proud mum Sue Lovett, who raised Jones in Heywood, said the former Geelong small forward flew to Western Australia on Sunday.
She said Jones, 21, would spend two weeks with the Eagles and strive to earn a spot on their list via the Supplemental Selection Period (SSP).
"He's pretty stoked. He wants to show them what he's got and show them he's got the goods and prove he can play footy," Lovett said.
"We are all so excited for him because we know he has the goods. Playing an AFL game is not something to take lightly."
Lovett said Jones understood there were no guarantees he would return to AFL ranks.
"Our fingers are crossed," she said.
"We don't want to read too much into it. I am trying to keep level-headed for his sake."
Lovett said it would be hard to see Jones move to Western Australia - if he made West Coast's list - but "if he got a chance to live his dream, he'd have my full support".
"He loves the game," she said.
Jones played seven AFL matches in three seasons at Geelong after he was drafted via Hampden league club Portland.
The small forward was delisted at the end of last season.
Lovett said Jones had remained committed to his training in the off-season spending time with Footscray's VFL team and Geelong league club Lara.
"When he's home he's at the gym all the time and he runs," she said.
"He played a bit of cricket at home over summer."
Clubs have until March 13 to finalise their SSP signings.
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