TELEVISION reality show star Daniel Cox has signed with Henty.
The 22-year-old, who narrowly missed an AFL contract when he finished runner-up on Fox Footy show The Recruit in 2016, will arrive on the Border this week.
The explosive midfielder played three matches for Southern Districts in the Northern Territory last month and has spent time with Broome and North Ballarat in recent seasons.
Henty coach Joel Price said Cox had aspirations of playing at a higher level.
“He’s good mates with William Farrer who has come with me from Howlong to Henty,” Price said.
“Daniel came over last weekend for a look and I’m expecting him to have a big influence on the comp.
“He’ll play through the midfield and up forward and there are certainly some good raps on him.
“He almost got drafted 18 months ago after clubs told him he would get picked up and I know he still has aspirations of making it.
“Hopefully he has a big year to get his name back out there.”
Cox’s younger brother, Cedric, was drafted by Brisbane with pick 24 in 2016 and has played eight matches for the Lions.
His arrival will off-set the loss of midfielder Tim Brook.
Brook was recently snapped up by NEAFL side NT Thunder after turning in a series of strong performances for Southern Districts.
He has nominated Henty as his second club.
“He’s been absolutely dominating up there,” Price said.
“They did a top-25 players list around Christmas and he was ranked at 15.
“You don’t want to hold him back.
“If he doesn’t get a game for NT Thunder, he’ll play for us.
“They have three byes so he will definitely have him for those games.”
Henty has had a big turnover of players over the off-season with Cox, Farrer, Harry Nunn, Price and Damian Cupido heading the inclusions.
Dusty Rogers, Tyson Muller, Brent Ohlin, Rhett Thomson, Dereck Singe and Sam McCallum are among the departures.
The future of full-forward James Breen and defender Peter Winnett remains unclear.
“We have picked up some good players and lost some as well,” Price said.
“The boys are training well though.
“Harry Nunn has been fantastic on the track and we’re fortunate to have a lot of really good young kids pushing through.”
Meanwhile, dangerous Jindera small forward Hayden Hamilton has applied for a clearance to Wodonga Saints.
Hamilton proved a surprise packet last season, kicking 26 goals.
The season starts on April 7 with Osborne taking on Henty, Brock-Burrum playing Jindera, Lockhart hosting Rand-Walbundrie-Walla, Holbrook taking on Culcairn, Billabong Crows meeting Murray Magpies and CDHBU clashing with Howlong.