- Aug 17, 2010
- AFL Club
- Gold Coast
DOB: 3 December 1993
Signed in August
GOLD Coast has committed to signing 17-year-old Alex Sexton as a Queensland zone selection at the 2011 NAB AFL Draft.
The Suns have signed the 185cm midfielder/forward to a three-year contract rather than the standard two-year deal offered to most draftees.
Sexton is a member of the AFL/AIS Academy and has been a supplementary list player at AFLQ club Redland and a Suns reserves top-up player this season.
He toured Europe with the Academy squad earlier this year, won the Alan McLean Medal as the division two best and fairest and the Queensland MVP at last year's under-16 national championships, and was a Queensland under-18 representative this year.
Gold Coast list manager Scott Clayton said Sexton had been on the club's radar since his standout performance at the 2010 under-16 national carnival.
"Alex looks a real player, we have been thrilled with the way he has developed, and his football has continued to impress us," Clayton said.
Kevin Sheehan, AFL Talent Manager, was glowing in his tribute of the classy half forward/midfielder’s performance at the national carnival, held at Blacktown Stadium, West Sydney.
“He had a wonderful championships and he looks a real player,” Sheehan said of Sexton, whose medal win saw him follow in the footsteps fellow Queenslanders Michael Osborne (1998), Adam Hall (2003), Daniel Dzufer (2004), Declan Bevan (2007) and Jackson Allen (2009), AFL luminaries Adam Schneider (2000), Jarrad McVeigh and Raphael Clarke (2001), Richard Tambling (2002), Craig Bird (2005) and gun Gold Coast signing Maverick Weller (2008).
“His composure, his attack on the footy, his speed, his kicking under pressure, his ability to kick goals when they really counted in the final game, his work through the midfield … he just glides over the ground beautifully,” Sheahan said.
“He’s got all the attributes. And at 185cm he’s that lovely size who you’d thing is going to develop into a perfect midfielder for AFL.”