The Glenorchy RSEA Magpies are pleased to welcome emerging 20-year-old Nick Reibelt to KGV for the 2021 season.
“He’s a young man who’s had to do it the hard way, not being identified in the AFL talent pathways growing up and having to very much drive his own development,” coach Paul Kennedy said.
“That’s a common theme with our young players, guys like Cooper Meredith, Nathan Blowfield, Cam Goodsell and Luke Nicholson, they’ve never had scouts knocking on their door but they're hungry to improve, they work incredibly hard and they're amongst a group who are the future of our footy club.”
Growing up in Eltham in Melbourne’s northern suburbs, Reibelt debuted in senior footy as a 17-year-old, impressing with his hard run, ball use and goal sense.
His form earned him an invite to pre-season at VFL club Coburg where his professionalism earned him a contract for 2020.
Hungry for more
Of course, COVID intervened before Reibelt got to make his debut, and reduced VFL list sizes this year saw him one of the last cut in pre-season, leaving the speedy left-footer hungry for more.
“When we were looking for recruits interstate we targeted players who see playing in the TSL as a great opportunity to develop in a high-quality competition, and the feedback we got on Nick as a quality person and a driven professional couldn't have been better,” Kennedy said.
“We did this knowing that type of player would fit into the hard-working culture players like Ben Kamaric, Harrison Gunther, Adam Roberts, Callum Thompson and the group I mentioned earlier are driving.
“That’s crucial for us, we have a team that can play great footy and win plenty of games this year, and we also have a list that is going to shape the next 5-10 years for our club, so a talented and professional young person like Nick is exactly the addition we want to keep driving that culture.”
Nick is all set to make his debut in one of the biggest games of the TSL season, the old rivalry between Glenorchy and Clarence at KGV on Saturday 10 April.
“KGV is going to suit Nick’s game, he’s tireless and team first, and like many on our list he has huge scope for improvement," Kennedy added.
"So I’m looking forward to seeing him in the season-opener against Clarence, and I’m really looking forward to seeing him develop as the season goes on.”