An up-and-coming Australian Rules footballer has given up his sporting dreams to become a reality TV star.
Tom, 23, will be joined on the Channel 10 show by fellow footy player Tyler Roos, who is the son of AFL veteran Paul Roos.
New start: Promising footy star Tom Wilkinson (left) has quit the AFL to compete on The Amazing Race with his best friend Tyler Roos (right), who is the son of AFL veteran Paul Roos
According to AFL.com.au, best friends Tom and Tyler will fly to a secret location on Thursday to begin filming The Amazing Race.
Tom reportedly played his final game for North’s VFL side on Saturday.
It is understood that he had approached North Melbourne officials earlier this month about his possible career move.
Friends: Tom and Tyler will take on several other teams in challenges spanning various countries. If they win, they will receive a $250,000 cash prize
Tom and Tyler will take on several other teams in challenges spanning various countries. If they win, they will receive a $250,000 cash prize.
In June, former NRL player Beau Ryan confirmed that he would be hosting Channel 10’s reboot of The Amazing Race Australia.
He is taking over from Grant Bowler, who hosted the show between 2011 and 2014 when it aired on Channel Seven.
New direction: In June, former NRL player Beau Ryan (pictured) confirmed that he would be hosting Channel 10’s reboot of The Amazing Race Australia
Channel 10’s Chief Content Officer Beverley McGarvey has described the show as a perfect blend of action, drama and captivating characters.
The U.S. version, hosted by Kiwi personality Phil Keoghan, has been on air since 2001 and drawn consistently strong ratings.
The local edition failed to find a stable audience during its first run on Seven, so Channel 10 will no doubt be hoping for big numbers when it returns later this year.
Remember me? Beau is taking over from Grant Bowler (pictured), who hosted The Amazing Race between 2011 and 2014 on Channel Seven