Josh Clayton in action for Brisbane. Photo: TJ Yelds/NEAFL.



Former Brisbane Lions utility Josh Clayton and Sydney University forward Michael Manteit will both make the switch to Southport for next season.

NEAFL premiership player Clayton, 21, was delisted by the Lions at the end of the season after two AFL games in three years.

Manteit, also 21, has played the last two seasons with Sydney University after being cut from Collingwood’s rookie list.

The duo are former teammates at TAC Cup club Sandringham before being drafted by their respective clubs.

Adding to Southport’s recruitment drive is former Bendigo VFL player Rhys Clark, who has spent the past four seasons with Kyabram in the strong Goulburn Valley Football League where he has been a key player in the past two undefeated premiership seasons at Kyabram.

Southport coach Steve Daniel believes the club is in a strong position for the 2018 NEAFL season, after also securing the signatures of Port Melbourne premiership player Brodie Murdoch and former Gold Coast utility Ryan Davis.

“We are extremely pleased that players of this calibre are wanting to play for the club,” he said.

“We are certainly heading in the right direction.”



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