Jenna Bruton is set to play on the big stage in 2018 after being selected in last Wednesday's AFL Women's Draft.
Bruton, who lives in Trentham and is a former Daylesford Secondary College student, was selected by the Bulldogs with pick 11.
She was the club's second selection behind overall number one draftee Isabel Huntington.
Bruton was recruited after a standout VFLW season with the St Kilda Sharks, where she was named the club's best and fairest.
Bruton's football career started by playing against the boys at Trentham, but progressed to the Ballarat Football League's youth girls competition, where she became an instant star.
The 21-year-old watched Wednesday's draft at the family home before heading down to Melbourne to meet people at her new club.
"It was pretty nerve-wracking," she admitted.
"It was exciting (when her name was called), I don't even know how I felt to be honest!"
Bruton's mother Suzy said her own diagnosis of a brain tumour had played a part in Jenna not nominating for the draft last year and that her daughter had felt like she was missing out during the inaugural season.
There is a possibility Bruton could play for the Western Bulldogs in Ballarat next year, with the club a chance to host some of its home games at Mars Stadium.
The 2018 AFLW season is set to begin in February and will again be battled out between Western Bulldogs, Brisbane Lions, Adelaide Crows, Melbourne, Carlton, Collingwood, Fremantle and GWS Giants.
- With the Ballarat Courier