Kade Klemke has continued to bolster his list for the upcoming NEAFL season with utility Donald Roberts and GWS Academy player Riley Budd recommitting to the club.
Roberts, a Canberra player since the club’s inception in 2016, re-signs having played 5 NEAFL games in 2018.
A consummate professional with profound skill and an elite running capacity, Roberts is capable of playing as a free running wingman or a hard-nosed defender and has been rewarded with a new contract having helped spearhead Eastlake to the AFL Canberra Grand Final in September.
Roberts joins fellow Eastlake teammate Riley Budd in recommitting for 2019.
Hailing from a volleyball background, Budd is a former junior Australian representative and was still playing in the Australian Volleyball League for Canberra up until last year.
Standing at 193cm tall, Budd’s athleticism and endurance for his size has made the 18-year-old an exciting prospect in Australian football.
Over the past 12 months, Budd has come along in leaps and bounds via the GWS Giants Academy, representing the club in the National Under-18 Academy Series and also playing 12 NEAFL matches for the GIANTS and Canberra in his debut season last year.
His breakout year was rewarded with a spot in the GIANTS’ Under-19 Academy this year. In just his second game of the season, Budd was named among GWS’ best players as well as earning the Round 6 Tribal Sport NEAFL Rising Star nomination.
Canberra's General Manager of Football, Shaun Young said he’s pleased with the pair’s continued development.
“As players, Don and Riley have some really exciting attributes, they’re also great people to have at our football club, and we look forward to them continuing their improvement in the pre-season,” Young said.