Redland has secured yet another young talent for the 2020 NEAFL season with former SUNS Academy member Brodie Foster lured home to Queensland by the club.
The talented midfielder has spent the past season with Coburg in the VFL but decided on a return to the Sunshine State, and joins a host of up-and-coming players to pull on the red-and-black next year.
Foster, 20, said he was excited to return to the competition and start afresh with the Bombers.
“I was keen to come back home and I still wanted to play at a high level, and Redland were pretty keen on me. They made it a pretty easy decision to come back in the end,” he told neafl.com.au.
“I had a good chat with Phil (Carse) and saw some of the players they had picked up so far, and thought it would be a good development opportunity to go there and hopefully have a big season.
“I’m definitely more comfortable being back home and I think that’s going to help my footy. I’m very excited to get into it.”
Foster’s arrival comes as Redland also confirmed the recent signings of Lions Academy members Darcy Marsh and Justin Currie.
They join a long list of quality inclusions at Redland which has so far seen the return of Queensland products Adam Oxley (Collingwood VFL), Blake Grewar (Richmond VFL) and Reuben William (Footscray VFL).
A Surfers Paradise junior, Foster was a part of the SUNS Academy since its inception and earned a NEAFL Rising Star nomination in 2018 as well as representing the Allies.
He managed 14 VFL matches last season playing a variety of roles, an experience Foster said he learned a lot from.
“I went down to the VFL to get some experience at that level and I enjoyed my time there,” he said.
“Every week you’re coming up against high level players so you learn a lot. It’s a different game to the NEAFL, it’s really physical and contested so I guess my game has developed in the contested side of things. Hopefully I can bring that back to the NEAFL.”
Foster had his first training session with the club on Wednesday and was impressed with the energy of the group as they aim to climb back into finals contention in 2020.
Still harbouring a desire tor each the highest level, Foster said he is ready to sink his teeth into a new season.
“My goal is still to get to the highest level,” he said. “I’m still striving for that now even coming back home.
“Everyone was very welcoming at the club. It was really easy to fit in and I can’t wait for next year.”
You can keep up-to-date with all the player movements here.
Don’t forget to download our free NEAFL App, featuring live Champion Data stats, player bios and more! Available now from the Google Play and Apple stores.
Have your say! Follow the NEAFL on Twitter (@neaflofficial), Instagram (@neaflofficial) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/neaflofficial).
The Official NEAFL App contains all the latest news and videos from the League and around the clubs. Keep up to date with live scores and live streaming, plus team and player stats as they happen throughout the game.