SOUTH COLAC superboot Ben Cox is edging closer to football stardom on reality television program The Recruit.
Cox, who made the initial squad of 100 aspiring footballers, survived a major cut and will return to Melbourne next week for three more training sessions.
The Recruit is a ten-part football reality television series that gives an amateur footballer an opportunity to earn a spot on an AFL list.
Cox is one of Colac district’s football’s most talented players.
The eye-catching forward brought up his first 100-goal haul in 2015, booting 112 goals for the Roos, which reached a preliminary final.
He also won the club’s best-and-fairest and interleague honours.
“It started with 100 people and it’s down to about 30 or 40 now,” an excited Cox said about The Recruit.
“I felt I’d done really well, but obviously you don’t know what to expect and what they’re looking for.
“I’d been waiting for the email to see how I went since, and it was good news.”
Cox, who started a rigorous training program in October after learning he made the final 100, said he had nothing to lose after making the initial cut.
“I just signed up to see what would happen, then I made it into the top 100 and now into the next stage, so it’s feeling real now,” he said.
“I’ll just give it everything I’ve got from now on.”
Cox, 26, said the first training run at Melbourne’s Olympic Park was memorable experience alongside promising athletes, who had missed opportunities to become AFL footballers at a young age.
“We had a bit of testing with 100-metre sprints and agility and beep tests, and then we went out on the ground and did a few drills there,” he said.
“There were some handy footballers, but I just tried to match it with the guys out there.”