Professional football career beckons for East Blaxland's Brenna Tarrant

Brenna Tarrant is on the cusp of a promising professional football career.

The 17-year-old has been in discussions with several Victorian football clubs ahead of the AFLW 2020 draft, to be announced October 22.

The East Blaxland resident was one of 48 players from around the country invited to attend the AFLW combine in Melbourne in early October, where she underwent a series of fitness tests and club interviews.

She'd planned to nominate to play for NSW, but heard at the pointy end of nominations she was unlikely to get a spot on the only NSW women's team, the GWS Giants, so she'd be better nominating to play for Victoria.

Tarrant has been training with the Giants all season, and represented NSW at the Under 18s AFLW National Championships in July, where she was selected on the All Australian under 18s team.

"I just want to play at a professional level. Any team that gives me the opportunity I will take it up. I want to play a premiership and win," Tarrant said.

Playing AFL professionally has been on the defender's radar only recently, having taken up the sport at age 13. She started playing footy with Emu Plains, moving on to play for the East Coast Eagles women's team for the past three years, and loves the team aspects of the game and the physicality.

"When I first watched the game, there was so much freedom to run and you can boot the life out of the ball," Tarrant said.

It's been a whirlwind month for the St Columba's Catholic College student, who is also juggling sitting her HSC next week.

"Now I'm putting my head down and studying," Tarrant said.

She's also interested in studying agriculture and environmental sustainability at university.

"That's one of the biggest problems of the world," Tarrant said.

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