NT Thunder is excited to announce the first new signing to its 2019 NEAFL side after Clinton Gallio put pen to paper for the upcoming season.
The son of AFLNT Talent and Pathways Manager and revered Territory footy figure, Wally, Clinton is a 27-year-old tough inside midfielder who has been setting the NTFL alight.
A South Australian (SA) Country representative player on two occasions, Gallio was also a junior state representative player for SA in basketball.
He has won six senior football premierships, five with Mt Burr in the Mid South Eastern Football League in SA and one as player/coach this year for Millicent in the Western Border Football League.
Gallio was also a seven-time Mid South Eastern Football League representative player before switching to Millicent in 2017.
He first played for Southern Districts in the 2016/17 TIO NTFL season, a total of seven games, before an ACL injury kept him sidelined for the premiership the following season.
Instead, Gallio used the injury time to develop his coaching and is now an AFL Level 2 accredited coach.
At the start of the current NTFL season, he relocated to the NT and has slotted in seamlessly with the Crocs, playing five games and kicking four goals so far, this season.
Manager of NT Thunder Andrew Hodges said Gallio was a big scalp for the Club.
“Since moving to Darwin Clint has bought into the program, his commitment and maturity has been impressive and I’m sure the younger boys will have plenty to learn from him while the rest of the team will enjoy running out alongside him.
“He has been in amazing form for Districts this NTFL season and the keen observer would notice he has a very similar style of play to Cam Ilett, he’s hard at the ball and has silky skills,” Hodges said.
Speaking of his signing, Gallio said he had plenty to look forward to.
“I’m excited by the opportunity to play for Thunder and to play footy at a higher level is a challenge I look forward to.
“I know some of the boys already, they’ve all been very welcoming and I’m sure another highlight will be getting to know the rest of my teammates,” he said.