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17.01.2017 15:43 Age: 65 days
By: JESS WEBSTER

Promising forward joins NT Thunder ranks


Lachlan Collihole has signed with Thunder. Photo: NT Thunder.

 

 

 

NT Thunder’s latest signing has been compared to an Andrew Ireland medallist who kicked seven goals in his NEAFL debut.

Waratahs forward Lachlan Collihole, 25, put pen to paper this week for the 2017 NEAFL season - his first in Territory colours.

The country Victorian has played 40 games for the Warriors in the NTFL since making his debut for the club in 2011, and booted six goals in his first outing.

NT Thunder coach, Andrew Hodges likened Collihole to former NT Thunder star Chris Dunne, who played 76 games and kicked 200 goals for the club between 2012-2015.

A NEAFL Team of the Year member and NEAFL representative, Dunne won the Andrew Ireland Medal for best-on-ground in NT Thunder’s thrilling one-point Grand Final victory over Aspley in 2015.

“Thunder fans will be excited to know he (Collihole) is ‘Chris Dunne-like’,” Hodges said.

“’Locky’ adds another dimension to our team as a hard working forward with the capacity to get up the ground and provide options but also work back deep to enable genuine scoring opportunities.

“He has been training hard at Thunder pre-season, and we look forward to unleashing his potential in season 2017.”

Collihole, who Waratah’s leading goal-kicker award in 2015, will add another dimension to Thunder’s forward line spearheaded by three-time NEAFL leading goal-kicker, Darren Ewing.

Collihole is one of a number of exciting young talent to join NT Thunder for the upcoming season, including St Marys’ duo Michael Coombes and Nick Yarran, Wanderers’ best-and-fairest winner Braedon McLean, and his Eagles teammate Domonic Grant.

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