Brandon Sucu has been retained by the Southern Saints for the 2017 AFL New Zealand Premiership.
The 22-year-old Fullback from Auckland’s North Shore was named as the 2016 AFL New Zealand Premiership Best and Fairest winner where he was a standout for the Saints all season.
Brandon’s hard work and effort throughout the inaugural season saw him challenge every contest and never give up. His cool, calm demeanour saw Sucu look like he plays in slow motion yet he manages to evade tackles and his options for getting his team out of trouble were far superior to any other defensive player in the competition played earlier this year.
In 2017, Brandon will look to develop even further as he pushes for selection in the NZ Hawks squad for the 2017 International Cup in August.
“It’s great to see Brandon back at the Saints next year and we will look use his experience in the backline to develop younger players and bring them up to his standard.”
New Head Coach Warwick Kain is excited to retain Brandon at the Saints for 2017 and with the addition of older brother Andriu as assistant playing coach, the Saints have a sound defensive line which will be hard to penetrate.
Each of the four AFL New Zealand Premiership teams will retain a base player list as AFL New Zealand are currently surveying local leagues to identify new talent that could enter the AFL New Zealand National Draft for the first time.