The Northern Suns have retained Pete Rodgers, Blake Nahu, Nathan Lenihan to add to their retained players for the 2017 AFL New Zealand Premiership.
‘Pistol’ Pete Rodgers will be apart of the Northern Suns squad in season 2017.
Rodgers showed that he can foot it with the best players in the country and made it tough for his opponents utilising his strong defensive tackling coupled with excellent communication skills.
The University Blues defender was a key player for the Suns in last year’s competition and with experience on his side, new head coach Dave Abetz will be looking to Pete to become a leader in the backline.
Lenihan although only 19 years of age, has experience in both the Auckland and Wellington regional leagues.
He is a noted goal scorer and his elusive skills could see him transition to an on ball role. Lenihan’s future remains in the balance with opportunities in Auckland, Wellington and Australia to be finalised before his availability can be reassured.
Northern Suns coach Dave Abetz has secured Nathan on his retained player list under this pretence with the Suns to receive compensation by way of a substitute player if he becomes unavailable in the new year. If Lenihan does play, his value in the forward line will make a notable impact.
The Northern Suns have retained up and coming talent Blake Nahu for the 2017 AFL New Zealand Premiership season.
The 18 year old made a big impact for the Suns during this year’s competition and was rewarded with selection in the U18 New Zealand Hawks travelling to Melbourne in April earlier this year.
Nahu has been a part of NZ Warriors development sides in the past and brings relative Rugby league skills over to the game of AFL.
Currently studying at the University of Waikato, Nahu will continue to improve and will be a name to watch out for.