The Northern Territory Football Club would like to congratulate Gibson Turner and Jordan Wilson (King) in their selections in today’s AFL Rookie Draft.
The two NT Thunder under 18 representatives were selected at picks 60 and 61 respectively. Turner was selected by the Richmond Tigers and Wilson who’s birth surname is King was selected at by the Fremantle Dockers.
NTIS AFL head coach and NT Thunder under 18 coach Brenton Toy commented on the selection of the Thunder team mates "Central Australian Gibson Turner was very much an unknown quantity coming in to this year’s National U18 Championship Campaign but after a stellar performance in May against Western Australia at TIO Stadium, he quickly came under the eye of several AFL recruiters. Predominantly playing as a "lead and mark" small forward, Gibson possesses an uncanny ability to take a contested mark even when undersized. He has a rare sense for the game and his pressure at ground level is outstanding.
Darwin Buffalo Jordan Wilson (King) has always displayed his potential to play at the highest level, he represented the Northern Territory Thunder at U16 level in 2010 and was one of the best performers at the 2011 U18 National Championships. Jordan played most of the carnival as a running defender but also had the ability to play through the midfield when required. He has an innate ability to read the game and provide an attacking option off half back, however his defensive game has improved significantly in the past 12 months."
NT Thunder would also like to congratulate Anthony Long on being re listed by Essendon at pick 85 and Malcolm Lynch for being re listed by North Melbourne at pick 46.