The Gungahlin Jets are proud to announce that young guns, Sean Day, Matthew Reynolds, Jesse Kemp, Jarryd Karo, Matthew McGrory and Matthew Hambleton have committed to the club in 2019 as part of our new arsenal.
Retaining young talent is pivotal for the future success of the club and these players signings strengthens the senior playing list.
Matthew Hambleton had a fantastic year, earning a position in both AFL Canberra’s Rising Stars team and Senior Men’s teams of the year. Furthermore, he was rewarded for his consistency by being awarded the clubs First Grade runner up Best and Fairest award. It was very much a breakout year for Matthew.
“The 2018 season has given me the opportunity to play at a high level and to challenge myself against the best in Canberra. I’ve been lucky that the club has given me this opportunity”.
Matthew also credits his improvement to being surrounded by good players, coaches and the Gungahlin Jets relationship with the Canberra Demons.
“I’ve learnt a lot this year from the Demons boys… and our coaching staff… I am looking forward to many more years to come at the Jets.”
Jarryd Karo, a Jets member that was regularly participating in the GWS Giants talent program, broke into First Grade this year thanks to his consistency in Rising Stars. In 2018, Jarryd played seven games primarily in the midfield, earning his first Mulrooney Medal vote along the way. Jarryd puts the improvement in the young group to the relationship with the Seniors.
“I really enjoyed how tight the group (Seniors) were with the under 18s”.
Sean Day played seven games in First Grade this year and he is looking forward to a solid preseason. The young half forward worked his way into the team late in the year and held his spot. Sean is motivated about 2019 and continuing to improve.
“I’m looking forward to picking up where we left off and continuing to learn together as a group and play some great footy….would love to knock off a big team…”
We also welcome Jesse Kemp, the Rising Stars leading goal kicker in 2018. The young full forward is loved at the Jets and is a strong contributor to the clubs growing culture. Jesse is looking forward to pre season and breaking into the First Grade team.
“After a great development year I’m looking forward to how we gel together as one playing group and really take it to the top sides after a big pre season”.
Young gun Matthew Reynolds also had a stellar year. The captain of the Rising Stars team worked his way into the First Grade team in Round 1 following an excellent preseason. Matthew played 8 games developing each game on the half back. He too is looking to build on his successful year.
“I can’t wait for 2019. I’m looking forward to getting another pre season under my belt and building on the success we had this year…The Jets are headed in the right direction both on and off the field and I think we will be able to shock the competition next year by knocking off a top four side”
Endurance runner Matthew McGrory played some excellent footy in 2018. In and out of talent programs, Matthew played seven matches for the NEAFL GWS Giants team and one game for First Grade Jets. Matthew has focused more on football in 2018 and his footy has improved significantly as a result. He will look to further establish himself as one of the best talented players in the Territory. Matthew is looking forward to being part of the emerging Jets in 2019.
Credit must be given to the Rising Star coach Brent Fraser who has worked tirelessly to develop our young talented players, particularly as they transition into their senior football careers. These are important signings as the club continues to build player depth and continues the excitement leading into 2019.
The future is bright.