Reported By Paul Daffey
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SIMON Goosey, the coach of VFL club Frankston, doesn't normally allow blow-ins to join in during pre-season training. It's an invitation-only affair.
But he made one exception before this season, and he's extremely glad he did.
Leigh Osborne was a 22-year-old half-back from the East Ringwood Football Club, in Melbourne's eastern suburbs, who arrived unbidden at Frankston training.
Goosey told him it wasn't the normal practice to just roll up, but he said he'd give him a two-week trial out of fair play.
Goosey swears that Osborne changed his body shape in those two weeks, fining down to a more athletic visage. Then there was the obvious football talent.
Frankston offered Osborne a contract - and he's since come to be regarded as the VFL player most likely to be taken in the 2012 national draft.