Playing the Part

Playing the Part

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Former West Coast player Luke Partington made his professional wrestling debut in Adelaide on the weekend, but the midfielder is hopeful he may receive another opportunity in this year’s AFL Draft.

Former West Coast player Luke Partington is used to the hussle and bustle of a footy ground.

But it was in a different arena where the Glenelg Draft hopeful made some waves on Saturday night, as Partington made his professional wrestling debut in the 30-man ‘Riot City Rumble Match’ in Adelaide.

Partington, delisted by West Coast at the end of 2018 after playing six games in 2017, enjoyed the experience but admitted he doesn’t see himself following in the footsteps of ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin and the Undertaker in the WWE franchise.

“I don’t see a huge future for me in the business,” Partington told aflplayers.com.au with a laugh. It would take a lot of training and it’s not really me the entertainment side of things.

“You’ve got to get the crowd up and about so that’s not really me. I’ll enjoy going to watch and I might make an appearance in another off-season but it was mainly to help my mate out and grow his business in Adelaide.”

Partington’s friend Tyler approached him about being involved and after thinking about it for a short time he thought he would try it out.

The 2019 Magarey Medallist, awarded to the best and fairest player in the SANFL, even donned a Glenelg jumper in the ring.

“I thought we might get a little bit of publicity, but ever since it’s happened it’s blown up a little bit. It’s great for wrestling in Adelaide and with the publicity he’s got I might have to make an appearance in a few years time.”

The South Australian was in Victoria for The AFLPA AFL SportsReady Transition Camp, presented by career consulting firm TwoPointZero and AIA Vitality, held at Heritage Golf and Country Club on Monday and Tuesday.

The  sessions focused on networking, LinkedIn, mental health, the job market, interview skills and resume building, while players also had an opportunity to be involved in a career expo where they were able to mingle with key people from a number of companies.

Partington came along for the second year running and was quick to espouse the benefits of attending.

“The number one thing is to make relationships and keep looking to do that because they’ll come in handy in the future,” he said.

“To hear the information again has been great and it shows the kind of work that I’m going to be able to do in the future. It was great to catch up with some former teammates as well.”

The 22-year-old is hopeful another AFL club might hand him a lifeline in the upcoming Drafts after a standout year in a premiership season for Glenelg.

“I’m going to back to Glenelg and if something works out in the Draft later in November that would be great,” Partington said.

“There’s a little bit of interest there but I’m equally as happy to be at Glenelg and I loved my footy season there and to win a premiership was awesome so hopefully we can do it again.”

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