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Family welcome awaits Casboult

Leigh and Levi Casboult. Levi will be playing for Carlton at Aurora Stadium on Thursday night against Hawthorn.LEVI Casboult’s family will open its arms to the Carlton big man when he visits Launceston on Thursday night in somewhat of a homecoming.
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Casboult’s dad, Leigh, a police officer in Launceston, returned to Tasmania after spending four years in Melbourne.

He left his son behind in the big smoke, as a promising AFL career started to emerge for the 198cm ruck/forward.

The Hobart-born Casboult has not returned since he was drafted by the Blues in the 2010 AFL rookie draft.

A proud father is expecting family and friends from throughout Tasmania to make the journey to Aurora Stadium for the NAB Challenge clash with Hawthorn to see Casboult play AFL football for the first time in the state.

‘‘It’s really exciting for us to see him, in our mind, to come home and play a game,’’ Leigh Casboult said.

‘‘So all the kids he grew up with and people we know who saw him grew up as a child will have the opportunity to watch him play a game.’’

The last time 53-game Casboult left Tasmanian shores he was a different man.

His game, his dreams even, was never to make it in the AFL, but of the round-ball code.

‘‘Levi always played soccer in his school days throughout Tassie,’’ Leigh said.

‘‘He always had a little interest in AFL; he always kicked a ball around, carried a footy around all the time.

‘‘It wasn’t until we moved to Melbourne that he decided that he didn’t want to play soccer any more and wanted to play AFL and it all went from there.’’

Casboult was years behind his contemporaries and would put in extra hours at training to make up for lost years in the game.

He would earn a spot at the Dandenong Stingrays TAC Cup under-18 side, leapfrogging more naturally talented players, which continued into the AFL system.

‘‘A lot of it was Levi, who has a real drive and determination when he really wants to do something and since he first started playing footy at a local club (in Melbourne), he was quite a driven young man,’’ Leigh said.

Indications under Tasmanian-raised coach Brendon Bolton is that Casboult will play an important role in the Blues rebuild after they slumped to only the club’s fourth wooden spoon, and first since 2006.

‘‘Levi’s worked hard and he’s tried to achieve everything he can do in his own hours,’’ Leigh said.

‘‘The club has looked at that and seen that he can take massive marks.

‘‘There are some other things that the club has worked really hard to try and generate, so he can be an all-round great footy player.’’

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