His first experience of Australian rules was in the Paul Kelly Cup in 1998 in primary school playing for the junior Pennant Hills Demons AFC.
He went on to play a key part in premierships with the junior Demons in 1999 and 2000.
He played both rugby league (for Balmain’s juniors) and Australian rules until 2000 before breaking the news to his father that he wanted to stop playing league to focus on Australian Rules.
He was identified by AFL talent scouts and taken by Sydney in the 2005 Rookie Draft from the NSW/ACT Rams Under 18 team.
The AFL have been running a series on their website called “Where it all Began”.
In May Penno were involved in the filming of the production for Kieren Jack, Jarrod McVeigh and Peter Jack.
The final version is now on the main AFL website and can be viewed at the following link;