Canberra wish to extend their gratitude to Tom Highmore for his significant contribution to the Demons’ program, with the defender set to explore an opportunity in the SANFL next season.
A product of Marist College and the GWS GIANTS Academy, Highmore played 48 games for Canberra having joined the club as a foundation player in 2016.
A rising star for a number of years, the 21-year-old earned his place among the NEAFL’s elite in 2019, averaging 24 disposals, nine marks, and five rebound 50’s, named in the NEAFL’s Team of the Year for the first time in his career.
Continually embodying the club’s values, he was named Canberra’s Players’ Player award for the second consecutive year in 2019.
Canberra’s General Manager of Football Shaun Young said the club respected Highmore’s decision to seek a fresh start in South Australia.
“We have been in constant communication with Tom throughout the season, and we would like to acknowledge the way he has conducted himself throughout the year,” said Young.
“Tom has been an integral part of the Demons’ program since joining in 2016, his character, leadership, willingness to play different roles and commitment to driving the standards off the track saw him elevated to the club’s vice-captaincy in 2019.”
“He is highly regarded by his teammates, staff and coaches, and we wish him all the best for the future in Adelaide.”
Highmore announced his departure to the playing group last week, before sitting down with canberrademons.com.au to discuss his move to South Australia.
"I have absolutely loved my time with Canberra, the last four years have been a rollercoaster ride in terms of success, but having played a part in building this club from the beginning is something I take enormous pride in and will cherish forever," Highmore said.
"We have been through it all during my time here, from having sub-par training facilities and struggling to win games, to going on a three month undefeated streak on the way to making a preliminary final.
"For me, this is the most tight-knit football side in Australia without doubt, unlike other sides, we don’t have a reserves team, a women’s team or alignment with a netball club.
"We have always relied on eachother to create a welcoming environment and a culture that people want to be a part of.
"My decision to leave is extremely difficult because I love this club, the people involved and the direction it is heading."
"But the opportunity to move out of home and test myself in the SANFL is the best decision for my personal development.
"I would like to thank the Eastlake Football Club for its investment in the program, particularly Kade, Shaun, Phil and Brian for tireless work they do.
"But most of all to the playing group led by Aaron, it has been a genuine blessing training and playing alongside you all, I have made friends for life and will definitely be back one day to continue chasing flags, #35 out."
NEAFL Games Played: 66
Giants - 5
Eastlake – 13
Canberra - 48