Media Release: Thursday June 9, 2016

The 15 players who will be battling it out for the opportunity of a lifetime in FOX8’s hit sports reality series THE RECRUIT have been announced ahead of the series launch next month.

Produced by McGuire Media exclusively for Foxtel, THE RECRUIT is a 10-part reality television series that follows a group of “Recruits” who live and play together as a team, while at the same time competing against each other for a life-changing prize – a guaranteed place on an AFL list.

These Recruits are: Darren Allen (21, VIC); Fabian Brancatisano (22, VIC); Rhett Coots (21, VIC); Daniel Cox (21, WA); Jack Dimery (23, NSW); Matt Eagles (26, SA); Brady Egan (21, VIC); Dillan Jones (23, QLD); Jayden Kelly (27, NSW); Jeconiah “Jay Jay” Peni (20, PNG); Jackson Sketcher (24, VIC); Shylo Smith (25, VIC); Jordan Treloar (23, VIC); Jason Williams (22, VIC) and Justin Van Unen (25, VIC).

Leading the Recruits as Head Coach on this incredible journey is former AFL player and record-breaking coach Mick Malthouse. He is joined by former Hawthorn champion and FOX FOOTY commentator Ben Dixon as Assistant Coach, Port Adelaide’s world class fitness guru Darren Burgess as High Performance Coach; and accomplished sports administrator Leigh Russell as Mind Coach.

In each episode, the Recruits will be judged by their performance in individual and team challenges held both on and off the footy field. The player deemed the weakest every week by head coach Mick Malthouse will be delisted.

While Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium is the formal home of THE RECRUIT, the various challenges and football games are filmed on location around the country, from Tasmania’s Gordon Dam to the Tiwi Islands, Sydney and Marysville.

The series will culminate in a live finale in which an AFL Draft will be held, with the winner signing a contract with one AFL Club.

THE RECRUIT will air on FOX8 from Wednesday July 20 at 8.30pm, with encore screenings on FOX FOOTY on Sundays at 9.00pm and Wednesdays at 6.00pm.

Following the premiere broadcast each week, THE RECRUIT will be available to watch when you want, on demand, via Foxtel Anytime on internet connected iQ boxes. You can also stream the series on demand on Foxtel Play or Foxtel Go. Foxtel Go is included with all Foxtel residential and Foxtel Play subscriptions at no extra cost.