Djerrkura to remain in Top End

Updated: January 16, 2016
North Shore - Nathan Djerrkura

North Shore - Nathan Djerrkura

Nathan Djerrkura won’t return for a second season with North Shore. Picture: VICKI KING

NORTH Shore has suffered an off-season blow with Nathan Djerrkura departing the club.

Seagulls coach Jason Davenport confirmed Djerrkura, who played 25 AFL games with Geelong and the Western Bulldogs, won’t be at Windsor Park in 2016, with Darwin media reporting he will play with the NT Thunder in the NEAFL.

“He leaves a substantial hole,” Davenport admitted.

“There are not too many goal-kicking midfielders with his speed and strength.

“But it opens up opportunities for our younger guys.”


Davenport says despite spending just one season at North Shore, Djerrkura’s impact will last well beyond the 15 games he played in the blue and gold.

“Our younger players were able to see up close, and take on-board, his in-game habits, his training habit and his intensity,” Davenport, who played in a VFL premiership at Geelong with Djerrkura, said.

Djerrkura is the second confirmed departure from Windsor Park, with Brent Jacques joining former Seagulls coach Peter Riccardi at Bannockburn.

Davenport says the Seagulls will unveil new recruits later this month.

North Shore opens its 2016 campaign with a home game against 2015 runner-up Newtown & Chilwell on April 9.

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