Klemke praises forward ahead of 50th game milestone | NEAFL

Canberra Coach Kade Klemke has labelled Mitch Hardie one of the NEAFL's most underrated players ahead of his 50th game this weekend.

Mitch Hardie will play his 50th game for Canberra this weekend. Photo: TJ Yelds/NEAFL

Hardie will play his 50th NEAFL game when Canberra take on Sydney University at Phillip Oval on Saturday afternoon.


Recruited from the Leeton-Whitton Crows in 2017, Hardie has since become one of Canberra's most influential players, with the 21-year-old named in the NEAFL's Team of the Year in 2018.


Klemke said Hardie has been an exceptional player for Canberra over the past three seasons labelling the man nicknamed 'King' as one of the best forwards he has ever coached.


"I think he is one of the most underrated players in the competition," Klemke said.


"He is one of the best half forwards I have coached.


"He is good above ahead, works really hard across the ground and is tough as nails.


"It was great to see him rewarded with selection into the NEAFL Team of the Year and Runner Up Best and Fairest last season.


"It’s great to see his leadership grow over the last couple of years as he is highly respected amongst his peers and will be looking to have another big game this weekend to get us across the line."


Speaking to canberrademons.com.au Hardie said it meant a lot to reach the milestone for a team like Canberra.


"From the moment that I joined at the start of 2017, I knew that the club was a pretty special place to be able to play footy, and the friendships that I have made along the way makes everything even more worth it.


"Being able to play 50 games for a team like Canberra really means a lot."


Canberra host Sydney University at Phillip Oval this Saturday afternoon from 12pm AEST.


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