Tayla Thorn runs out with Thunder

Tayla Thorn headed back to the AFLW

06.08.19 12:10

NT Thunder Football Club (NTFC) congratulates Tayla Thorn on becoming the latest player to be signed to an AFLW list with the Gold Coast Suns announcing her as a priority signing ahead of the 2020 NAB AFLW season.

Thorn, who has been part of NT Thunder since its inaugural VFLW season in 2018, and before then was a big part of the revamped NT Thunder/AFLNT State Academy, has now played 20 games with the Club over two years.

A player feared by the opposition and admired by teammates across the NTFL in Darwin, Thorn who is now 21-years-old was also part of the inaugural Adelaide Crows AFLW team in 2017, playing five out of seven games.

A strong-bodied, fearless defender who doesn’t shy away from a contest Thorn loves running the ball and creating opportunities from defence but is also handy up forward, providing a strong target and clean skills.

Thorn said she was looking forward to playing at the elite level again.

“I’m very humbled.

“I’m looking forward to the 2020 season, I think I can bring different skill sets and leadership skills so I’m very excited to share that and I’ve come back bigger, better and stronger.

“Every club has its traits and family is a big trait for me and Gold Coast has the same.

“I feel like it’s a perfect match for me so I’m very excited,” she said.

Thorn played two games for the SUNS in the recent QW Winter Series where she impressed in defence. She is also the fourth currently listed NT Thunder player to sign on with the Suns for 2020, joining Jasmyn Hewett, Jordann Hickey and Sally Riley.