Dylan turns it on
Tuesday, 8th November, 2011
By Peter Argent
Exciting 18-year-old Broken Hill footballer Dylan Stuart is already drawing notice after just three appearances in the Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) in Darwin.
His coach at the Palmerston Magpies, top end legend and former AFL footballer Russell Jeffery, believes Stuart will prove to be a prized acquisition for his club.
“His first game for us in round two was very, very good,” Jeffery said. “He looked dangerous and had a real impact.
“Dylan’s second and third games were a little flat, but we found out he was working as a concreter in the outdoors. He still needs to acclimatise to the conditions up here,” Jeffery added.
“Saying that, he presents himself in a professional manner and is a very coachable footballer.”
After a big southern winter where Stuart playing in the SA Country Championships in Port Pirie for the Northern Zone, was best on ground in the Miners Cup win over Roxby Downs and a member of the North Broken Hill’s thrilling victory in the season decider against South, Stuart was keen to continue playing during the off season.
“A local talent manager Dale Thomas had contact with Russell Jeffery through the NT Thunder and we explored the opportunities,” Stuart said.
“I was keen to play football during the summer months in the south and this chance arrived.
“The first thing is to adjust to the conditions. You really need to hydrate before a game up here and preparation is important,” Stuart added.
“Football in the Northern Territory is very unique. This game is all about speed and is a lot quicker than footy in Broken Hill.”
While Stuart is beginning to make a name for himself in the top end, the experience was cut short for West’s Brendon Rose.
Stuart confirmed his SA Country Championship and Miners Cup team mate is returning to the Silver City, after a month in the Darwin wet season.
“The skills at this level are tremendous. No matter what size your opponent is, you need to expect the full potential from them as they can stand on your head, or do something freakish.
“Our coach Russell Jeffery is good, always trying to get the best out of us.”
A state under 16s player with the NSW/ACT Rams in 2009 and a member of the same program at under 18 level this year - where he played two games against the Murray Bushrangers and the Northern Knights - Stuart was also a NSW scholarship holder with Hawthorn but wasn’t offered a rookie contract by the Hawks.
Stuart, who travelled up to Darwin with his father, Mick, indicated he wouldn’t make a decision about his football future until after the 2011-12 NTFL season.
Returning to the BH Bulldogs is an option, along with playing in the SANFL if the right offer comes along.