Hay has eyes on the prize

Debutant Nick Hay says he was thrilled to finally be named in the Subiaco side when the Lions hosted West Perth on Friday night

The Kalgoorlie product, who played his first senior game for Kalgoorlie City Football Club when he was only 15, says he had to adjust to the tempo of WAFL football.

“I was a bit nervous at the start of the game and I started a bit fumbley but by the end I wasn’t feeling out of place too much, it was just the speed and the intensity that I wasn’t really used to just yet.”

It’s been a long road to senior football Hay who moved from his hometown to play colts football as a 17 year old.

“I played colts in 2010 and Jarrad Schofield was the coach then as well, this is my third year in the senior squad now and I’ve taken a bit longer than I would have liked to get my first game, but now that it’s happened I’m just rapt with how it’s worked out.” He said.

The 191 cm forward has been hampered through out his career by trouble with his vision. Hay severed  a nerve in his right eye when he hit his head as a toddler, an on going problem that’s required multiple bouts of surgery to correct.

“I’ve only got vision out of one of my eyes when I’m playing. I can see perfectly out of both eyes but not at the same time which makes it difficult seeing the ball some times.” Hay said.

“It does make it really tough sometimes, you’ll be watching the ball coming in and then my vision will swap from one eye to the other and it puts it out of place a bit so there are occasions when the ball nearly hits me in the head or I’ll drop marks that I should hold but it’s getting better with every game I’ve just got to adjust to the different depths.”

Hay is the stepbrother of former AFL star Jonathan who played 157 games for Hawthorn.

“He’s definitely inspired me, seeing some of the things he’s done obviously an All Australian and playing so many games for Hawthorn seeing him do it definitely inspired me”  Hay said.


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