The Recruit – Season 1

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Chance of a lifetime

It was the biggest prize ever offered in the history of Australian sport — a guaranteed contract with an AFL Club.

The Recruit was an original television format that we developed and produced for Foxtel. 

Hosted by former AFL player and radio host Ryan ‘Fitzy’ Fitzgerald, the unique reality entertainment series followed 12 footballers who lived and played together as a team, while competing to win the life-changing prize.

Three-time Premiership captain and Brownlow medal winner Michael Voss coached the hopefuls and was assisted by former Hawthorn 200-gamer Ben Dixon, Port Adelaide high performance coach Darren Burgess and leading sports educator Leigh Russell.

The finale of the 10-part series broke new ground, both on television and within the AFL. After a live and specially convened draft with all 18 clubs in attendance, Johann Wagner emerged victorious and selected Port Adelaide as his club of choice.

WATCH: The Recruit wins at the Astra Awards