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Eagle comes from the clouds

Alex Cincotta in action for Newtown & Chilwell. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

ALEX Cincotta says the belief shown in him at both club and VFL level has been behind his rise from promising GFL footballer to AFL draft prospect.

The 22-year-old Newtown & Chilwell midfielder has made the most of his chances with the GFL and Vic Country and in AFL Victoria’s Young Guns games, while also impressing after earning an invite to last month’s Victorian Draft Combine.

Cincotta says the return of Damien McMahon to Elderslie Reserve to take the coaching reins in late 2016 was a crucial turning point in his development.

“He’s been massive for me. He’s really believed in me and backed me in,” Cincotta said.

“Then transitioning into the Geelong Football Club; training with the VFL and being around professional people.

“People like Shane O’Bree and the coaches down there, the professionalism they brought into my life really elevated my game.  They’ve done so much work with me in the pre-season and in-season.

“And I did a couple of sessions with the AFL boys as well, and I learnt a lot there as well.”

Cincotta, who has started training with the Cats VFL squad again, says he felt comfortable in those sessions.

But it was also a stark reminder of how much he will need to if his name is called out in the national or rookie draft next week.

“It’s a big step, and I have so much to learn and so much to prove. And I’ve got to work my arse off, too,” Cincotta said.

“I’ve got to start from the bottom if it happens.

“The standard was something I felt I could do. It’s not going to be easy at all.

“I believe in myself that I can do this.”

It is believed at least three clubs are interested in Cincotta, who has former Geelong star Liam Pickering as his manager.

He posted 2.91 seconds for the 20m sprint at the Combine, as well as 91cm and 77cm for the running and standing vertical leap.

Cincotta concedes he’ll be disappointed if his name isn’t read out.

“But, if it doesn’t happen, I’m going to use it as motivation for next year, and work really hard towards showcasing what I have to offer,” he said.

“That’s the best way to look at things.”

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