JEFF STEPHENSON

ALTHOUGH tender in years Redland’s new signing Brodie Foster joins the club with a welter of experience and adds to the Bombers’ growing investment in bringing aspirational Queenslanders back into the NEAFL.

The 20-year-old has already logged 26 games with Gold Coast Suns reserves and made a big impact last season with Coburg in the VFL where he played 14 games and earned high praise for his attack on the ball and prudent decision-making.

Brodie returned to Queensland only last weekend and met his new teammates for the first time this week at training.

“I’m really excited to join Redland,” Brodie said.

“I’ve learned a lot in the last few seasons and although I’m still young I believe I can bring a bit of experience to the Bombers.

“I’m looking to take my leadership to a new level.”

Brodie played mainly in the midfield with the Coburg Lions but found himself being “thrown around a bit” with stints in attack and defence.

A former Surfers Paradise junior and inaugural member of the Suns’ academy, Brodie represented the Allies in the AFL Under 18 National Championships in 2017 as well as making his NEAFL debut as an exciting 17-year-old.

He took his game to another level the next year when he averaged 22 disposals, four tackles and nine handball receives that boosted his AFL draft prospects immensely.

The move to Coburg was a bid to realise his AFL dream and although he more than held his own against some highly ranked opposition and rated genuinely as a player of exceptional talent his dream failed to materialise.

So, now, after some heart-to-heart talks with Redland coach Phil Carse he’s seriously excited about the next stage of his career.

“I’ve had some good talks with Phil and he’s kept at me. It’ll be really exciting to join Redland and get back into it.

“I learned a lot last year and my inside work has gone to another level.”

Phil is equally enthused by Brodie’s decision to join the Bombers, saying the club is “rapt” to have a player of his quality joining the ranks.

“Brodie’s proven as a 19-year-old in the NEAFL how prolific he can be, and he’s now backed it up with a full season of senior footy in the VFL to continue his development.

“Turning 21 this year he’s moving towards his prime years and I think he’s got some really exciting development ahead of him.

“We know Brodie can play a role off half-back and he’s a really strong tackler in general play, but we also think he can help us through the middle of the ground with his ability to find the footy and distribute it.”

For his part, Brodie remembers his first game in the opening match of the VFL season against Collingwood as a major highlight.

“We lost by three points, but it was a great experience.”

That experience and everything else he’s learned along the way will now be powered directly towards Redland’s rise in the NEAFL in 2020.

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