By JESS WEBSTER
They were the young underdogs who shook up the NEAFL competition in 2018, and the Canberra Demons will again have no shortage of exciting talent next year.
The club has recently signed former Swans Academy duo Nick Eynaud and Adam Kinasch amongst a host of fresh faces, which also includes 2018 NEAFL Rising Star nominee Riley Budd (GIANTS Academy) and Mulrooney medallist Kel Evans (Queanbeyan).
The Demons came within one match of a maiden Grand Final berth in just their third ever season, with the likes of young guns Mitch Maguire (20), Angus Baker (20), Tom Highmore (20), Mitch Hardie (21), and Alex Paech (19) amongst plenty others who contributed to their success.
It was the Demons’ rapid rise up the ladder and opportunities for success that made it an easy decision for Eynaud, 19, to put pen to paper.
“From the outside looking in, the team looked really tight and it seemed like something pretty special was going on here this year, so when Canberra became an option for 2019 it didn’t take me much convincing,” he told canberrademons.com.au.
“I spoke to Angus (Baker) about the club and he couldn’t have spoken higher of the place, the balance between an elite, professional environment and that club footy feel was something I was pretty drawn to as well.”
Eynaud comes to the club plagued by injuries in recent seasons, but the medium-sized midfielder is eager to play a role and add depth to Canberra’s midfield stocks.
It’s a similar case for Kinasch, who is rehabilitating from a torn ACL suffered in June 2017 and is hoping to make an immediate impact at his new club.
He certainly has plenty of inspiration nearby in Baker, who bounced back from an ACL injury in 2018 to earn a NEAFL Rising Star nomination in Round 3, plus an invitation to train with the Sydney Swans on the eve of the AFL Draft.
Canberra General Manager of Football, Shaun Young, is confident Kinasch is capable of returning bigger and better in 2019.
“We are all well aware of the skill level and pure football ability that Adam possesses, but most importantly he also brings great character and invaluable experience to our playing group.”
In the club’s first ever finals series, Canberra made the Preliminary Final in 2018 but were knocked out by the Sydney Swans.
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