By: JESS WEBSTER
Three key signings for Canberra Demons
Former NEAFL representative Josh Bennett and Queanbeyan duo Cameron Milne and Andrew Swan have joined Canberra Demons for the 2017 NEAFL season.
Bennett represented the NEAFL against Tasmania in 2015 in a season where the Ainslie forward finished runner-up in the competition’s Leading Goalkicker Award with 51 majors.
The 26-year-old returns to Canberra for work purposes after spending last season with Frankston in the VFL, and will provide plenty of experience in a young Demons side.
Bennett said he is excited to join Canberra and play a role in building on the team’s first season in the NEAFL this year.
“Coming back to Canberra for work purposes, I still wanted to play a high level of footy which the Demons allows me to do,” he said.
“The Canberra Demons is young group but it’s really exciting for me coming in to assist the young guys on the list whilst looking to help the team move up the ladder.”
The Demons have also been bolstered by the signings of Queanbeyan captain Andrew Swan and ruckman Cameron Milne.
Swan, 24, returns to the NEAFL for the first time since 2014 and has captained the Tigers to successive Grand Final appearances in the AFL Canberra First Grade competition, including the 2015 premiership.
Swan is looking forward to reuniting with teammate Kade Klemke, who took over the head coaching role earlier this month.
“With Kade (Klemke) as coach I see it as a great opportunity to play at NEAFL level again. As captain of Queanbeyan it was a tough decision, but in the end having Canberra Demons in place I felt it was the right time to get back to NEAFL level,” he said.
Milne, a former Lauderdale (TSL) and Central Districts (SANFL) player will also join the Demons after landing in Canberra at the start of the 2016 season for work purposes.
“I’m looking forward to get back into the State League fold having been out for the past couple of seasons,” he said.
“I really enjoyed my season at Queanbeyan this year and I cannot fault them enough for way they conduct themselves as a club.
“The lure of playing at NEAFL level is something that really excites me and cannot wait for Round 1 to come around.”
The Demons finished in ninth place with three wins in their inaugural NEAFL season in 2016. Check out their season review here.
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