Pickett hits top form to start season

South Western Times
Jacob Pickett kicked three goals at the weekend for the Harvey Bulls in his first match of the season.
Camera IconJacob Pickett kicked three goals at the weekend for the Harvey Bulls in his first match of the season. Credit: Zach Relph / South Western Times

Harvey Bulls coach Paul Fimmano believes teenager Jacob Pickett has a bright future.

Pickett made his league debut last year at just 16 and went on to win the club’s goal kicking award as well the competition’s 19 and under leading goal kicker award, booting 25 majors.

His importance to the Bulls was highlighted at the weekend when he returned to the side in the derby against Harvey-Brunswick-Leschenault and kicked three goals.

According to Fimmano, Pickett was heading to play in the WAFL this year, but decided to stay in the South West Football League for one more season to continue his improvement.

“I think he could definitely make it in the WAFL,” Fimmano said.

“But to take the next step it is about how much work you put into it.”

Fimmano said the 17-year-old was learning all he could from senior players such as Darren Rumble, Brendon Jones and Michael Genovese.

“They are teaching him where to run and when to head back to the forward line,” he said.

“But the kid is just naturally smart, he makes things happen.”

Fimmano said Pickett was likely to spend more time in the midfield this season, as he looked to add another string to his bow.

“We played him on the wing last year and he was tagged,” he said.

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