Bendigo’s Bradman Thompson is a sporting fanatic.
But while his namesake was a cricketing icon, AFL is this 13-year-old’s passion.
“I just love it, it’s my favourite sport,” he told A Current Affair.
The 6’4″ (193cm) teenager has experienced a growth spurt since last footy season, according to his dad, Matt.
“He shot up so quick his body hasn’t been able to keep up with it all,” Matt said.
Bradman now has size 15 feet, and can no longer fit into store-bought footy socks in his local club’s colours – Greater Western Sydney’s orange and charcoal.
“We can not get footy socks that he can get on over his feet and up his legs. We literally can’t,” Matt said.
“Literally he’d sit there for three, four, five minutes a sock, trying to inch them up!”
But according to the uniform policy of Bradman’s local club, he can only play in the league if he wears the approved socks.
“You can’t wear any variations. You can only wear the exact club colours,” Matt told A Current Affair.
Size 15 GWS socks aren’t available for purchase in-store or online, and Bradman was left with the real prospect of not being able to play in his local league this year.
He said he felt “terrible” about the “ridiculous” situation.
Luckily, A Current Affair and Greater Western Sydney’s Shane Mumford were able to help find a solution.
“I know my mum and dad had a bit of trouble trying to find me footy boots, so I know how he feels,” the GWS ruckman said.
He dug into the team’s property room and found four pairs of socks and two pairs of footy boots that fit Bradman perfectly.
“Just want to wish you all the best for the year,” he told the teenager in a video message.
“Keep using your size to your advantage. Good work mate.”
With his new socks and boots, Bradman is set to be front and centre at the first game of the league at the end of this month.
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