IT IS THE NIGHT where childhood dreams are made, and for Luke Jackson, it was exactly that.
The 18-year-old heard his name get called out with pick No.3 in the 2019 National Draft, officially becoming an AFL player.
“I couldn’t think of anything better to be honest,” Jackson told Melbourne Media.
“To go to Melbourne is just such a dream come true.”
The 199cm tall entered the draft as one of the highest rated youngsters and despite the excitement, he’s glad to finally put the night behind him.
“It was always on my mind [over] the last couple of weeks so it’s good now that’s all finished and now that I’m going to Melbourne, I just couldn’t be more pumped,” Jackson said.
“We flew in around lunch time today and just settled in the hotel so I guess you’re always thinking about it, but I couldn’t be happier.”
Jackson is now preparing to make the move over from Perth and says he’s more than ready for the Victorian lifestyle.
“I always knew that that was a high option or that would’ve happened,” he said.
“I’ve been to Melbourne heaps for footy and basketball as well, and just in general.
“I love the city and just can’t wait.”
The ruckmen’s choice to pursue an AFL career was made slightly harder by his basketball talent, representing Australia in under 18s, but he’s more than happy with the decision he's made.
“It came pretty easily in the end after talking with family,” Jackson said.
“I just knew footy was the right thing for me.
“This year I’ve just enjoyed every game I’ve played in and I wouldn’t change anything for it.”
After a whirlwind few days, Jackson will officially join his new teammates in training when he arrives at the club on Monday.