Barooga Football Club export Daniel Johnston will play with Norwood in 2018.
The former Hawk and Murray Bushranger put pen to paper on a contract that will see him compete in the 2018 SANFL Macca’s League season.
The 18-year-old will add another dimension to the Norwood forward line next year after a stellar performance in the 2017 TAC Cup.
He won the competition’s leading goalkicker award, finishing with 55 majors from 13 games.
A strong marking forward, Johnston hopes his solid frame will allow him to contest marks and ultimately hit the scoreboard the same way he did in 2017.
Johnston said he was thrilled to commit to the Redlegs and shore up his immediate playing future after crossing the border to South Australia.
‘‘It’s very exciting to call Norwood my home in 2018,’’ he said.
‘‘I’m really looking forward to moving over and playing at a higher level than I was in 2017.
‘‘Obviously you need to challenge yourself to make it further, so I’m hoping I can play well, do my part for the team and taste premiership success in 2018.
‘‘Hopefully I’ll be playing forward in probably a full-forward role, but I am happy to play anywhere Cotts (coach Jarrod Cotton) needs me to play.’’
Johnston said the interstate move was motivated by a desire to become an AFL footballer.
‘‘I need to learn to compete against bigger men and this competition will give me that opportunity,’’ he said.
‘‘I think there are aspects in my game which need improvement and the hard work starts now.
‘‘My fitness needs to improve and my ability to read the play needs work. I’m really excited to get to work at Norwood and I hope I can experience plenty of success on my way to reaching my dream of playing at the elite level.’’