Still just 18, in his first season of senior football, Jackson Lee made his SANFL league debut for Woodville West Torrens against West Adelaide in their round 12 victory last Saturday.
Lee becomes the third player from the Brinkworth-Redhill-Spalding Tigers in North Eastern Football League who has made a state league debuts this year, following Eagles teammate Jack Hayes and Glenelg’s Todd Slade to achieve this honour.
This trio come from a successful recent junior era for the BSR Tigers.
Lee received a phone call from Eagles senior coach Michael Godden on Thursday July 6, while at work.
“‘Goddsy’ rang me and asked me a few questions,” Lee smiled.
“He then told me I was good to make my league debut on the weekend.
“It was an unreal feeling; initially it was a massive shock as I didn't expect to play League footy this year.
“I've been holding my own in the reserves although I didn't have much of a pre-season due to the glandular fever.
“Our club captain Patrick Giuffreda presented my jumper in the change rooms before the game in front of my dad and mum, Wayne and Samantha, grandma Elaine, sister Jessie, Uncles Aaron and Craig and my cousin Tyson.
Lee was touted as an AFL draft Prospect in 2016 but wasn’t picked up.
“I did feel a little let down after the draft, as towards the end of the year there was talk of me being collected either late in the draft or as a rookie,” Lee explained
“One of the highlights of the day and my debut was seeing how happy and proud my parents were last Saturday.”
The Eagles defeated West Adelaide at City Mazda Stadium, Richmond by 45 points, winning 11.19 (85) to 5.10 (40).
Lee after starting on the interchange bench, played across half forward rotating on the ball.
He won 20 possessions, (14 kicks and six balls) and laid five tackles.
Lee's strength include his one touch skills and his clean hands around the ball.
Woodville West Torrens Football Manager Luke Powell said that Lee had been through a fair bit over the past 18 months and displayed a lot of maturity.
“We were really pleased with his first up performance,” Powell explained.
“He has started played senior (reserves) football in the middle of last year.
“While he isn't quick and I suppose that is a bit of knock, he showed a lot of composure and ‘time and space’ under pressure.
“He was among our best four or five players in his first game, which is a pretty special effort, and he can still play in the under 18s as an over ager, over a year.”