Gold Coast SUNS sign first NT player under assistance package

The Gold Coast SUNS have made another move under their AFL assistance package, signing their first Northern Territory Academy player.

The AFL Commission threw the SUNS a raft of assistance options, following this year’s dismal performance, which included having access to the Darwin region as part of the club’s Academy program.

The SUNS are also able to pre-sign players from its Academy region (which now includes Darwin) before the draft without having to bid for them.


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This morning, the struggling Gold Coast team announced they’ve recruited Malcolm Rosas Jnr for at least the next two years.

The 18-year-old spent the year playing for the Allies and Northern Territory Academy teams before finishing the year with five games for the NT Thunder in the NEAFL.

He says he’s thrilled his hark work has paid off.

“I’ve worked hard, especially over the last couple of years, to improve my game and now I’m on an AFL list, it’s a dream come true,” Rosas Jnr said.

“Many people in the Northern Territory have put a lot of time and effort into getting me to this position and I can’t thank them enough.

“It’s going to be a big step up to playing AFL football for the SUNS, but I’m looking forward to putting my head down and working hard to make the NT proud.

“Many people in the Northern Territory have put a lot of time and effort into getting me to this position and I can’t thank them enough.

“It’s going to be a big step up to playing AFL football for the SUNS, but I’m looking forward to putting my head down and working hard to make the NT proud,” Rosas Jnr said.

AFLNT CEO Stuart Totham said it was a good day for Territory footy.

“Mally is a popular young man; he’s electric and talented on field but a gentleman off it; that combination will stand him in good stead and will do us all proud.

“There will be a lot of people who are ecstatic about today’s news and that’s warranted.

“We are pleased the Gold Coast SUNS partnership is already bearing fruit and we know there are more players in this year’s group and beyond who are worthy of the opportunity, so we look forward to working with them to uncover the next Mally,” Mr Totham said.

Malcolm Rosas Jnr
DOB: 
27/06/2001
Born: Darwin, NT
Local club: Darwin Buffaloes in the NTFL
Senior Men’s games: 29
NT Thunder senior games: 8
NT Thunder debut: 
Round 19 of the 2018 NEAFL season – NT Thunder vs Redland
Representative honours:
NT Kickstart team – 2016
NT School Sport Australia Under 15s – 2016
Rio Tinto Flying Boomerangs – 2016
NT Thunder Under 16s – 2017 and 2018
NT Thunder Under 18s – 2018 and 2019
NAB AFL All Stars ‘Futures’ match – 2018
AFL Allies Hub – 2019
AFL National Academy and Australian Under 18s – 2019
Allies team for NAB AFL Under 18 National Division 1 Championship – 2019

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