2011 NT Thunder premiership player, Dean Staunton has returned to the Club for 2019.
A prospect from the NT Thunder Academy program, Staunton played in the TAC Cup with the Under 18s before transitioning to senior representative footy, amassing 37 appearances in the NT Thunder guernsey between 2010 and 2013.
A small, agile player with lightning speed he was an influential part of the Southern Districts team that took out the NTFL premiership earlier this year.
Born in New Zealand, Staunton was selected to represent his home country against the Australian Academy during the ANZAC clash held in Wellington in April, the same thing NT Thunder stalwart, Cameron Ilett did a few years earlier.
NT Thunder Manager Andrew Hodges said Staunton is well respected and liked by teammates and other NTFL players alike.
“Dean has played footy with a number of the Thunder boys previously and is a popular guy.
“Over the past couple of years, he has developed and matured even more, so we are looking forward to seeing him add value to the football club.”
“It’s always good when a past premiership player recommits to the Club,” Hodges added.
NT Thunder Head Coach Darren Reeves met Staunton a couple of weeks ago and said he was thoroughly impressed by the 26-year-old.
“It’s outstanding to have Dean return and sign on to play with NT Thunder for 2019.
“He brings a wealth of experience to our group in key areas through the midfield and forward type roles.
“He has been playing excellent football in the NTFL with Southern Districts, and we look forward to him continuing that form into the NEAFL season. We also look forward to him being part of driving our standards every day,” he said.