The Northern Jets will have a third teenage Darwin recruit in their ranks when the Farrer League resumes next week.
Exciting prospect, Jacon Lampton, jets in on Saturday to join his old Palmerston Magpies teammates, Danny Benger and Shannon Charlie, at their new club.
Lampton was a member of the NT under 18 academy squad, and played 17 games in the NTFL Premier League this season.
“He’ll slot in on a wing. He’s a pretty speedy, skilful wingman and played at Palmerston with the other two boys,” Jets coach Mitch Robinson said.
Lampton won a rising star in round 18 of the NTFL back in February, and was recently rated among the top emerging talents in Darwin by the NT Football commentator Jackson Clark.
“He had him at number three and said he’s pretty under-rated. So we’re pretty keen to get him down here and see what he can add to our side,” Robinson said.
Lampton, 17, is set to play his first game in the Jets’ crunch encounter against Charles Sturt University next Saturday (May 26).
Fifth spot is potentially up for grabs at Ariah Park (if The Rock-Yerong Creek lose at Temora) and the Jets are desperate to turn their fortunes around after a thrashing at North Wagga.
“We were very disappointing on the weekend. It was probably one for us to put behind us and forget, but make sure we learn from it,” Robinson said.
“The bye probably couldn’t have come at a better time for us. It was the second week in a row we finished with no bench. But more so to give ourselves a chance to have a good look at ourselves.”
Defenders Andrew Bonny (concussion), Brad McKinnon (knee) and Luke McLoughlin (dislocated elbow) all went down against North Wagga and McLoughlin could be out for a couple of weeks yet.
“Losing three backmen didn’t help but that’s not an excuse. We’re playing pretty poor footy. We just haven’t gelled and we’re not working hard enough,” Robinson said.