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CJ Jiath's AFL Debut

CJ Jiath's AFL Debut

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Former Gippsland Power Player Changkuoth Jiath To Debut For Hawthorn

Former Gippsland Power player Changkuoth Jiath will make his AFL debut for Hawthorn tomrorow evening (9th August) against Greater Western Sydney in Canberra.

After a successful season with the Power in 2017 which included making the Victoria Country squad, Jiath was taken in the.2018 Rookie Draft as a Next Generation Academy selection.

He has impressed as a versatile defender at VFL level, despite being drafted as a forward and has now been promoted from a Category B Rookie to on the hawks senior list.

Jiath was born in an Ethiopian refugee camp, and was six when he and his family moved to Australia.

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Jiath said that he had been hoping for the call up, but was happy to be patient.

“I kind of had a little inkling that I might debut sometime soon, but I wasn’t rushed. I was trying to be patient, and I was willing to take as long as needed to develop my game and confidence.” said Jiath.

“I was in the locker room… and our physio came in and said Clarko wants to see you, you’re in trouble,

“I’m thinking, I haven’t done anything, surely I’m not in trouble, so I was a bit nervous going into his office.

“But as soon as I walked in he goes, ‘congrats mate, you’re making your debut’.

“At that moment, my heart just started beating really fast. It was a great feeling.”

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