Auditions: The Recruit


Foxtel has announced casting for its second season of AFL reality series The Recruit.

Ex-Hawthorn recruiter Gary Buckenara will lead the search.

The search for a young AFL star proved to be a hit for FOX8 in 2014 but did not air this year when Michael Voss became an assistant coach for the Power. His replacement is yet to be announced.

It’s not clear if Ryan Fitzgerald is returning as host.

Produced in conjunction with the AFL, The Recruit is a reality football entertainment series that follows 12 ‘Recruits’ who live and play together as a team, while at the same time competing against each other, in order to win a life-changing prize – a guaranteed place on an AFL list.

The first season kicked massive goals when it launched on FOX8 in July 2014, with the premiere episode one of the highest series launches in subscription television history. The Recruit was FOX8’s most watched series last year and was Foxtel’s number one non-sports program every Wednesday night.

The successful series saw coach Michael Voss targeted by Port Adelaide to become its new midfield manager in 2015; winner Johann Wagner was drafted by Port Adelaide Power president David Koch; and the Irish miracle Padraig Lucey was recruited by Geelong.

Now the search is on for season two, with one of the most respected scouts in the country Gary Buckenara, embarking on a national tour across local and country leagues and regional Australia in search of players for a second series of the hit program.

Hawthorn team of the century member, Buckenara is a four-time premiership player who recently left the Hawks after 11 years as a recruiting manager. He was responsible for many draft wins including Jarryd Roughead, Lance Franklin, and Jordan Lewis.

The Recruit is open to footballers over the age of 20 as of March 1, 2016 who have not been on an AFL list. They must not have been a registered player in the VFL, SANFL, WAFL or NEAFL competitions in 2015 and not be contracted to one of these competitions for 2016.

Those who think they could be The Recruit should head to to register their details.

The Recruit is produced by McGuire Media exclusively for Foxtel. The second series will air on FOX8 in 2016.


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