Three years ago Brett Fitzpatrick dragged a 16-year-old Kalan Huntly from obscurity to hand him his first senior game with Castlemaine.

On Saturday, Fitzpatrick will hand Huntly his first BFNL senior inter-league jumper.

BFNL ROOKIE: Castlemaine’s Kalan Huntly is one of the young guns in the inter-league squad.

“He was quite young at the time he played for Castlemaine, but he showed us plenty of ability,’’ Fitzpatrick said.

“He’s gone on to become a very good player.”

Huntly has been one of Castlemaine’s most consistent players in the past 18 months.

“It’s a privilege to be picked to play inter-league footy,’’ Huntly said.

“I can’t wait to play with some of the best players in the league.”

For Castlemaine fans, and those who follow the BFNL closely, it’s no surprise to see Huntly make the inter-league grade.

The 19-year-old has good balance, is a good size,a beautiful kick and can play multiple positions –with the Magpies he’s played pretty much everywhere except the ruck.

“In a perfect world I’d love to play in the midfield,’’ Huntly said.

“I don’t mind playing across half-back… but in the midfield iswhere I play my best footy.”

Huntly is likely to spend plenty of time on the wing against Gippsland.

He’d love nothing more than to cap his first inter-league game with a victory.

“Everyone is up and about and ready to go,’’ Huntly said.

“The mood is good and everyone is positive. We’re ready to play a big game.”

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