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Goring guaranteed an AFL spot

Geelong VFLW captain Bec Goring. (Marcel Berens Sports Photography Image/Marcel Berens)

BEC Goring won’t have to worry about facing the disappointment of being overlooked on AFLW draft day again after being unveiled as one of Geelong’s signings for 2019.

The Cats’ VFLW captain nominated for both the 2016 and 2017 drafts, but was unable to find her way on to a list, with the first of two particularly tough.

“The first day was pretty traumatic, to be honest,” Goring told krockfootball.com.au.

“Watching 16 of your closest friends from Melbourne Uni get drafted and then not hearing your name get called out in that first year was pretty devastating.

“But opportunities opened up for me down here in Geelong, and it’s probably been two years of hard work working towards getting on this AFLW list.

“And that’s why I’m so excited about it. It’s awesome.”

Goring, who joined the Cats from the MUGARS ahead of the 2017 VFLW season, was told by coach Paul Hood her footballing future was secure in the short-term in late March.

“I didn’t believe it at the time – I just thought he was pulling my leg,” she said.

“But it turns out he was pretty serious about it.

“I’m excited to be on board. I’m stoked I don’t have to sit through another one of those draft days.”

However, Goring, who is also a talented musician, admits it was tough to remain tight-lipped about Geelong’s commitment to sign her.

“It has. Obviously it’s exciting news,” she said.

“I told my family first and a couple of close friends, but it was great to finally let my teammates know.

“That was the biggest thing for me, running around at training and keeping that secret.

“But it’s great to have it out and about now.”

Although captain of the VFLW team, Goring hasn’t given too much thought to whether she will be the one to skipper Geelong in its inaugural AFLW season.

“That’s something I’ll let play out,” she said.

“I just want to focus on working with Mel Hickey and learning from her down back, and obviously all the great coaching staff we’ve got here at Geelong in the VFL season, and then put my head down and really improve my fitness going into the next AFLW season.

“I just want to make sure I’m in the Hoops, running out in that first AFLW game.

“In terms of leadership, I’m just going to let that care of itself.”

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