It didn’t take long for North Adelaide youngster Jared Deep to choose Canberra as his next destination with the Demons securing the exciting utility for season 2020.
A product of the Swans Academy, Deep has spent the past two seasons with the Roosters in the SANFL and had every intention to return to Sydney next year.
But one meeting with the Demons changed all that, with the 21-year-old believing the club is the right fit for him moving forward.
“I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with my footy, whether I go back to Adelaide or play with Sydney Uni,” Deep told neafl.com.au.
“But I ended up going down to Canberra and meeting with them and I pretty much liked everything about the club and what they are trying to do. I thought it was the best option for me.”
Deep was a member of three under-age premiership sides with junior club Maroubra Saints and played in an Under-19 Grand Final when he was just 16 before heading off to South Australia.
During his time in Adelaide, Deep won a SANFL Reserves premiership in 2018 with the Roosters and played 10 senior matches.
Deep said living in Adelaide was a fantastic experience but he is looking forward towards the next chapter. He will make his return to the NEAFL after debuting for Sydney back in 2016.
“It (North Adelaide) was a good place to be around in 2018 when both the league and reserves won the premiership,” Deep said.
“The experience was really good and I love the footy club. I do miss it a bit, but it was time to move on for me.”
Deep will be in rehab until after Christmas following a shoulder reconstruction post-season, but it won’t be long before we see him in action.
Reaching his potential and chasing success with the Demons are high on his priority list, with Deep also excited at the direction of the club.
“I just want to get the best out of myself and play good footy, and hopefully I can achieve team success with Canberra,” he said.
“I knew a few boys there from the Swans Academy and they said they loved it there. I thought it would be a good opportunity to be a part of a young, exciting group and be a part of their history.”
Meanwhile, the Demons have also signed Redland’s Samson Ryan, who was a member of the Lions Academy and showed glimpses of his potential in five NEAFL games this year, plus Mangoplah’s George Kendall.
NEAFL Team of the Year member Tom Highmore (South Adelaide), former captain Jordan Harper, midfielder Jack Powell and Connor Owen-Auburn are among those who have departed.
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