Grampians Giants' Mat Taylor has been named in Victoria Country's 2019 National Inclusion Carnival team. This season will be Taylor's fourth time representing his home club in the side.
Taylor was one of 16 players picked across country Victoria to play at the carnival in Sydney on July 15-20.
Players were selected from a number of tryouts and this season six debutantes made the side.
Taylor said he will continue a leadership role on the field at this year's carnival.
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"In the past, I have played a leadership role in the centre and I will continue that this year," he said.
"I will focus on the players in the centre and keep them in line and show them the right way to play football."
The enthusiastic footballer said he trains three to four times a day to keep his fitness levels up.
"I didn't do anything special leading up to the tryouts," he said. "Just kept fit and keep playing football - just my normal day to day football stuff. My coach, Steve Reeves, was happy with my fitness and my game."
Vic Country's coach Steve Reeves congratulated all the players who made the squad and said was fantastic to see the depth of the team improving every year.
"The fact that we have six debutantes in the side shows how much the Victorian FIDA Football League has continued to grow over the past 12 months in country Victoria, and the pride and determination that these players have in striving for selection," he said.
"We can't wait for the Carnival to see how much our squad has developed since Launceston last year."
Taylor, a centre half-forward to midfield player, said he was looking forward to the opportunity once again.
"I love getting out and having a kick with the boys and making good friendships," he said. "To be chosen in the team is a perfect opportunity to play and learn and play at a higher level of football and represent the club."
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