The Western Crows have selected four players from the Southern Saints to join their 2022 squad for next years Men’s Premiership.
With the Southern Saints relocating to Canterbury, there were a number of Auckland based Saints players left without a home in 2022.
The relocation move also resulted in the Crows suffering significant losses with their Cantabrian contingent, including 2021 Captain Jay Johnson, departing from the club for the 2022 season.
The Western Crows have been duly compensated with priority picks ahead of the upcoming national draft and the Crows have selected former Saints Alex Fakatoumafi, Kiko Hibbs and brothers Nico and Carlos Donnell-Brown to join their ranks
Carlos and Nico have been with the Saints since 2016, but are looking forward to a new dawn in 2022 with thw Western Crows.
Carlos won the 2021 Premiership Best and Fairest award, following a terrific season for the Saints and added to his long list of accomplishments in his AFL career.
The 23 year old has previously won the National AFL Cup Secondary Schools Competition with Green Bay High School, won the Auckland AFL League with the Waitakere Magpies in an undefeated season, Best and Fairest winner in the Auckland AFL, he is an NPC winner with Auckland, played for the NZ Academy Level 2, U18’s (Captain) and Senior sides and has won 2 AFL New Zealand Premierships with the Saints.
Nico Donnell-Brown has developed into a talented key defender and is making it harder for his opposition to score each year.
His consistency week in, week out has put the NZ selectors on notice and could be in with a chance to make the NZFalcons squad for the next International Cup.
Alex Fakatoumafi sustained a knee injury on the eve of the 2020 Premiership but came back strong in 2021.
The former NZ International plays as a key forward and knows how to kick a goal.
One of Alex’s highlights in his Premiership career was kicking a whopping 10 goals for the match against his new side, the Western Crows in round 9 of 2018.
Manurewa Raiders Captain, Kiko Hibbs made his debut in the Premiership this season and was a revaltion down back for the Southern Saints.
Kiko is a born leader and showed maturity playing in his first season at the top level. Tall in stature, Kiko will link up with Nico to form a healthy defensive backline.