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James Polkinghorne – Brisbane #31

James has shown outstanding promise, as a midfielder and as a dangerous small forward and took his game to another level in 2012 playing 20 games averaging 14 disposals and playing important shut down roles on key opposition players. Without doubt the highlight of James’ 2012 season came in round 10 when he kicked the winning goal from 65 metres out against West Coast.

2013 was a somewhat frustrating year for James. He was limited to only 11 senior games and was never really able to cement his spot in the side. With a big pre-season under his belt expect to see James back in the AFL team on a permanent basis.

James was selected by Brisbane with pick 41 in the 2007 National Draft and made his debut for the Lions in Round 6 of the 2008 Season.

In 2009, James became a regular member of the Brisbane side and was highly regarded by coaches for his work ethic and fearless approach.

With 81 games now under his belt James will continue to develop with the young Brisbane Lions team and will be an important part of their future success.

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 Strathmore and then played with the Calder Cannons. The highlights of my junior career would have to be winning 4 premierships with Strathmore and then playing in back to back premierships with the Cannons in the under 18’s.

Q: Who was your AFL Idol as a kid and why?

A: Simon Black. When I was coming through in my junior days in the early 2000’s he was always dominating and I loved the way he went about his footy. It’s been great to be able to play my footy with him.

Q: What were you doing on the day you got drafted?

A: I was just at home with mum and dad listening to the radio. I was pretty nervous so I didn’t want to have too many people around. Once my name got called I invited friends and family around and had a big party.

Q: What has been the highlight of your AFL career so far?

A: The Highlight of my AFL career would definitely be playing in the first final in 2009 against Carlton at the Gabba. We won the game and it was close which made it even better.

Q: What are some of your interests outside of football?

A: Living in Queensland I get the chance to go to the beach a lot and I enjoy that. I’ve done up a few old school custom motorbikes which has turned into a bit of a hobby of mine.

Q: If you weren’t playing football what would you be doing for a job?

A: I’d like to travel once I finish footy. After that I’ll probably want to get into something to do with Graphic Design.