Wortho declined by Eagles, sticks with basketball
"I appreciate having been given a chance to meet with the Eagles and have them run me through my paces," said Worthington. “I really enjoyed testing myself out at a different code, one that I enjoyed playing as a junior. Ultimately however making a switch of codes at this stage of my career was always going to be a longshot and they've decided not to proceed.Seems a bit awkward at first and not ideal for hoops to see an Olympic-level athlete consider alternatives, but can imagine he wouldn't wanted to have looked back with regret and wonder if he could've had a crack at it.
“I’m satisfied that I can now head over to my new club in Serbia and refocus on my basketball career. Basketball has been very good to me, providing a livelihood that has helped me support my family while pursuing a sport I’m passionate about.
“Basketball has given me the rare chance to be an Olympian twice now, which is something only a select few Australians can ever claim,” Worthington added. “I’ve scratched the AFL itch and now I can look toward this new international opportunity that basketball has presented to me.”