By JESS WEBSTER
Three Swans Academy graduates have joined Sydney University for the 2019 NEAFL season.
Joey Reinhard, Josh Stern and Sam Wicks all joined the club this week following stellar seasons with the Swans NEAFL side, plus the NSW/ACT Under-18s and Allies teams.
All three players were members of the Swans Under-19 Academy squad, and all three featured in the Swans’ Grand Final loss to Southport.
Coach Tom Morrison was pleased the talented trio decided to continue their senior careers with the Students.
“They (Joey, Josh and Sam) will join what will be a talented and motivated group of Sydney kids and we will provide every opportunity to develop them as both athletes and people,” he told suanfc.com.au.
Reinhard, a versatile key position prospect, played 13 games for the Swans’ NEAFL side in 2018, including a standout performance in the NEAFL Grand Final.
He also took to the field for the Allies this year, and tested alongside Driscoll Medal winner Ryan Hebron at the Rookie Me Draft Combine.
Stern joins the Students following 12 games and 13 goals for the Swans NEAFL side in 2018, including a three-goal display against the Students in Round 9.
With the ability to play up forward and through the middle of the ground, Stern also featured for the Allies this season, and will be one to watch during preseason training following the departure of Students’ forwards Damien Bonney, Jake Derickx and Mitch Thompson.
Wicks, a NEAFL Rising Star nominee in 2017, played 13 games and kicked 11 goals for the Swans NEAFL side in 2018 where he was consistent performer through the midfield and forward line.
Morrison is looking forward to seeing the trio develop further next year.
“Joey has a diverse skill set who is a very capable player at both ends of the ground, and as a tall midfielder also,” he said. “We hope he is drafted in a few weeks’ time, but if not, we will do our best to ensure he is drafted in 2019.
“Josh is a small forward who loves the physical elements of the game. He has a strong work ethic and can play through the midfield, where he will have a great opportunity to learn from our senior players and coaches.
“We identified Sam as having the character and capabilities that we are after in our program, and are delighted to have him on board for season 2019.”
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