The Recruit

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Foxtel and the AFL have joined forces to deliver a ground-breaking new concept offering the greatest prize in Australian sport – a spot on an AFL Club list.

THE RECRUIT is a 10-part national reality television series which will feature a global search and provide a player with the opportunity to become an overnight sensation at an AFL club. 

In a historic first, the AFL has agreed to convene an officially constituted AFL Draft which will form part of THE RECRUIT television series in order to deliver the winner to an AFL club’s  list.  All AFL Clubs will have the opportunity to recruit the winner.

Scheduled to be broadcast on FOX8 in 2014, THE RECRUIT will not only scour local football leagues across Australia, but also the AFL international camps across the world bringing together the best international talent with the most ambitious locals to ultimately discover the next big AFL star.

The competition is open to all footballers who are aged 20 (on or before December 31, 2013), who have not been on an AFL list previously or played in the VFL, SANFL or WAFL in the past two years.

AFL Chief Executive Officer Andrew Demetriou said, “Nearly 100,000 senior players across the country play out their love for our only indigenous game every winter, in country and metropolitan teams in every part of Australia.

“Every footballer looks on the stars of the AFL competition with admiration for their skills, commitment and desire to be the best, and now Foxtel is offering the chance for one of these footballers to join the elite.”

Executive Director, Sport & Foxtel Victoria Ben Buckley said, “The aim of THE RECRUIT is to discover someone who the AFL recruiters may have missed and the show’s simple premise is to find someone playing in a local, suburban or country league or someone internationally who is capable of playing AFL football.

“We believe this innovative reality series will capture the imagination of the sporting public and are delighted that the AFL has thrown their support behind the project.”

THE RECRUIT will air on Foxtel’s top general entertainment channel FOX8 in 2014 and anyone who is interested in registering to take part in the series can do so by visiting

THE RECRUIT will be produced by McGuire Media in association with The Media Tribe exclusively for Foxtel.  Further details on the host and other roles in the show will be announced soon.

Applications for THE RECRUIT are now open at 

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