2014 was the year that Jake announced himself as a genuine star of the game. He averaged 13 disposals and 6.5 marks playing in both defence and attack. In round 17 against Collingwood Jake broke the Essendon club record of number of marks in a match by taking 19. The following week he led the bombers to victory against the Bulldogs kicking 8 goals.
At the end of the 2015 season Jake requested a trade to the St Kilda football club. After an exchange of picks this took place and Jake will now be part of the Saints exciting future.
Q: Which Junior Clubs did you play for and what was the highlight of your junior career?
A: I played my early junior career with Craigieburn. One thing I remember is winning every game for the year in under 10’s and then we lost the grand final by 1 point!
I played Under 18’s for the Calder Cannons and also got to play for Vic Metro in the National Championships which was another highlight.
Q: Who was your AFL Idol as a kid and why?
A: Wayne Carey. I loved the way he played his footy. I just liked the way he always took the big pack marks and always played well in the big games.
Q: What were you doing on the day you got drafted?
A: I was just at home with my family. Kept it pretty quiet.
Q: What has been the highlight of your AFL career so far?
A: Definitely the highlight so far was playing in my first game and getting a goal with my first kick.
Q: What are some of your interests outside of football?
A: I like a lot of other sports. I play a bit of poker, golf and tennis. I also like just catching up with mates and family.
Q: If you weren’t playing football what would you be doing for a job?
A: I’d probably either be playing cricket or I’d be a carpenter.