The Canberra Demons are thrilled to announce Collingullie-Glenfield Park young gun Matt Klemke has put pen to paper with the club for the 2019 NEAFL season.
The promising midfielder spoke exclusively to the Daily Advertiser last month on his "extremely difficult" decision to leave Crossroads Oval.
“Yeah I’m going to give it a crack,” said Klemke.
“Kade rang me at the end of the season and asked if I wanted to have a crack."
“After winning a premiership at Collingullie with so many good people and good friends, it was a very hard one. It took me a long time to think. But as a 21-year-old I decided to give it a shot and see what happens.”
The 21-year-old , who finished third in Collingullie-GP’s best and fairest last year, say's he is looking forward to testing himself at NEAFL level.
“I’m very keen. It’s going to be hard, very hard, but I’ll put in the hard yards and hopefully get a crack at it,” he said.
Klemke joined Collingullie-GP in 2016 and established himself as a tough on-baller and an integral part of the midfield.
“The last three years I’ve been enjoying my footy a lot more, it’s been great, and I think that’s helped with a bit of form,” he said.
Canberra's General Manager of Football Shaun Young says the 21-year-old is a welcome addition to the club.
"The club is thrilled to have Matt on board in 2019," said Young.
"Not only is he a talented footballer and outstanding young man off the field, he is the type of individual we want at our club."
"We look forward to Matt playing a major role for the club throughout the season."