Rising star declines Falcons offer

Josh Garner is eager to pursue a cricket career after representing Vic Country at under-17 level this month.

Teenage sporting all-rounder Josh Garner has turned down a football pre-season with the Geelong Falcons to focus on cricket.

Falcons officials last week selected Garner in their initial squad of 91 players for the club’s 2020 NAB League under-18 campaign.

But Garner revealed a busy schedule with Geelong’s Victorian Premier Cricket outfit had forced him to decline the Falcons’ offer.

The state under-17 cricket representative has joined the Cats in senior Premier cricket this summer, spending at least three days a week down the highway at Geelong.

Garner, 16, said he was eager to follow his dream of playing cricket at the highest level after already representing Victoria four times as a junior and featuring in multiple state titles campaigns with the Barwon Rockets.

“If I was to do the Falcons I’d be in Geelong Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and we play cricket on Saturdays,” he said.

“Cricket’s always been the one I take a little bit more seriously; I just like playing footy on weekends with my mates at Colac.

“I think I’ve been in the Rockets system since I was about 11, so cricket has given me plenty of opportunity already.”

Garner returned from the Cricket Australia Under-17 National Championships in Queensland earlier this month, with the all-rounder finishing the campaign with seven wickets and a batting average of 23.5 for Vic Country.

The Trinity College Colac Year 10 student, who will undergo a review today with his coach over the phone, said the 10-day tournament against Australia’s best young cricketers was his biggest challenge yet at junior level.

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