Daylesford pair back at the kennel

BACK IN THE KENNEL: Will Austin in action for Daylesford during the 2014 CHFL season. The club welcomed Austin back into the side.

BACK IN THE KENNEL: Will Austin in action for Daylesford during the 2014 CHFL season. The club welcomed Austin back into the side.

The Daylesford Football Netball Club has welcomed two of its juniors, Jack Nulty and Will Austin, into the senior side for the 2017 Central Highlands Football League season.

With his speed and agility, we expect him to play a major role through the middle of the ground. We’re also looking forward to exploring the skills he has off the field – and will look forward to building on his community focus with the rest of the club. - - Senior Daylesford coach Marcus Goonan

Gun Daylesford junior, Nulty first played for Daylesford in under 12s and played a massive 12 consecutive seasons.

In his time at DFNC, Nulty juggled football commitments with soccer commitments – eventually becoming a Daylesford Soccer Club team of the century member, while continuing to play at a high quality with the Sherrin.

Following a few years away from the game to travel, Nulty played finals three years in a row with VAFA club West Brunswick. He featured in the top five in the club’s best and fairest in 2013 and 2014, kicking 10 goals in the 2014 grand final and another big bag in the 2015 preliminary final.

Senior Daylesford coach Marcus Goonan said Nulty’s finals experience would be an asset to the club.

“It’s exciting to have another Daylesford junior to the club – his ability at either end of the ground will only add to our options during the season,” Goonan said.

Daylesford Football Netball Club has also confirmed the return of Austin for 2017.

A Daylesford boy through and through, Austin played all his juniors at Daylesford, while being a TAC-listed player in 2013 and 2014.

Austin’s proud indigenous heritage took him to the Northern Territory in 2016, where he worked in sport and community development with the indigenous community, while playing with the Wanderers in the Northern Territory Football League.

He has recently taken up a similar role in Victoria, and DFNC will be tapping into these skills now that he’s back on home turf.

“With his speed and agility, we expect him to play a major role through the middle of the ground,” Goonan said. “We’re also looking forward to exploring the skills he has off the field – and will look forward to building on his community focus with the rest of the club.”

Goonan said the club continued its focus on returning juniors to Victoria Park.

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