Steely eyed Russell Jeffrey never lost sight of the football in a stellar playing career that stretched from the mid 1980s to 2002.
He played 201 NTFL Games for Saint Mary’s, Wanderers and Palmerston Magpies including 24 NT representative matches.
Was a member of the 1988 Bicentennial Team, the Indigenous All Stars Team in 1994, a member of the ‘Back to Cyclone Tracy Team of Two Decades’ and in 1990 became the first NT footballer to represent Victoria in a State of Origin match.
After stints with Geelong, St Kilda and the Brisbane Bears he returned to the NT and captained Wanderers to the premiership in 1992/93 winning the coveted Chaney medal.
An excellent coach as well, he coached Wanderers from 1993 to 1997, the NT Teal Cup team in 1994/95, NTFL representative coach in 1996, 1997, 2000 and the Palmerston Magpies winning back to back Premierships in 2001 and 2002.
Recognised as an NTFL Player Life Member in 2009/10, Russell Jeffrey is a worthy inductee into the AFLNT Hall of Fame.