Shaun Edwards during the 2017 NEAFL Grand Final against Brisbane. Photo: TJ Yelds/NEAFL.

By JESS WEBSTER

 

Former Sydney Swans rookie Shaun Edwards is the latest big signing for Sydney University in another boost to the Students’ depth for season 2018.

Edwards, who turned 24 on Wednesday, retired from the AFL this year after 24 games across three clubs in six years.

Originally from St Mary’s Football Club in the NTFL, the exciting midfielder spoke to suanfc.com.au about his excitement joining the Students football program.

“I’m super excited to join Sydney Uni and some old friends in Craig Bird and Brandon Jack,” he said.

“I’ve witnessed Sydney Uni’s development first hand this year in the NEAFL and I’m pumped to be able to help them push further into the finals.

“2018 will be a good chance for me to develop again as a footballer, but just as importantly, off the field as well with my chosen academic path and giving back to the younger guys of the club.”

Originally a Northern Territory zone selection to the GWS GIANTS in 2011, Edwards made his AFL debut in Round 4, 2012 when the GIANTS joined the AFL after a debut season in the NEAFL.

The midfielder and forward was traded to Essendon in 2013 and manged 12 games in three season before being delisted.

The Swans handed the Territorian a lifeline on their rookie list in 2017, but Edwards failed to play a senior match.

Sydney University Senior Coach Tom Morrison also spoke of the new dynamic Edwards brings to the Students’ squad in 2018.

“We are really excited to have secured Shaun’s services for 2018 and beyond,” he said.

“We are also really happy to assist Shaun with the next chapter of his life after finishing his AFL career earlier this year.

“No doubt Shaun will become a well-respected member of our playing group by making the most of his football, employment, study and community opportunities in the years ahead

Shaun is a young man of outstanding character who has a passion to help others, which is something we appreciate and support in our program.

“The attributes that Shaun possesses on the football field are areas of need for us and we know he will be great fit. His skill set and physical attributes accompanied with a sound work ethic will ensure he has a big impact for us this year.”

The Students, who made the Preliminary Final for the third straight season in 2017, have so far recruited former Sydney and Essendon midfielder Craig Bird, and former Swans NEAFL captain Brandon Jack this off-season.

 

 

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