NT Thunder’s stocks have received another boost ahead of the 2019 NEAFL season with Hugo Drogemuller, Kaine Riley and Phillip Wills all re-committing to the Club.
All three have played a hand in Nightcliff’s great form this NTFL season, covering the ground from defence to forward.
Over the past two seasons, 26-year-old Drogemuller has established himself as a fan favourite and was part of the leadership group this year, while predominantly playing as a centre-half forward with the ability to back up in the ruck.
Riley played his first season in 2018, amassing 15 games to become a reliable fixture down back with his capacity to perform on both tall and shorter opposition. Towards the back end of the season, he also used his strong marking ability to play forward and kick a couple of goals.
Wills, a highly respected clubman has made his name synonymous with Territory footy and NT Thunder. A 50-game player for the Club he has overcome injury setbacks and put in a lot of hard work and dedication to lead both on and off the field.
NT Thunder Head Coach Darren Reeves said today’s signing got him excited.
“We are thrilled to have another three significant players recommit to our 2019 squad.
“All three are members of our plans, and we are excited about where they are at from both a physical standpoint right now but most importantly in a mindset and the investment they have shown with our program and where we want to go as a collective group.
“Phil Wills will play an essential role through the midfield and in our quest to be much improved in and around the contest, and brings great experience and know how.
“Hugo we are looking forward to settling down into a key forward post and really utilising his strengths as a lead up forward, while Riley is an exciting prospect in defence and is fully invested in doing everything he can to be the best player he can,” Reeves said.
Manager of NT Thunder, Andrew Hodges echoed Reeves’ sentiments.
“These are exciting times for our Club, and I am pleased to have guys of this quality sign back up.
“They are hard workers on and off the field and through their resolve will bring that excellent form they’ve been displaying with Nightcliff back to Thunder,” he said.