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The Northern Territory news Wed 9 Jan 2013



The Northern Territory news Wed 9 Jan 2013

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Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin; Australian newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin

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Nationwide News Pty. Limited

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48 NT NEWS. Wednesday, January 9, 2013. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 9 -J A N -2 0 1 3 P A G E : 4 8 C O L O R : C M Y K TITANS MAKE PLAY FOR JENNINGS Page 42 Back in the fold AUSTRALIANRULES By JESSWEBSTER Motlop aims for influx of locals at Thunder RETURNING NT Thunder star Aaron Motlop hopes more Territorians will follow his lead after the Chaney medallist signed with the NEAFL club yesterday. The Wanderers captain, 26, said a desire to give back to Territory football ensured he returned to Thunder, where he played 34 games over three years before taking a break. It seemed like last year there wasnt a lot of locals that wanted to play for the team. Even though I left for a year, I still had an interest in coming back, he said. To be able to return now just shows there are people in the Territory who want to play for Thunder, and you can go away from the club for a year or so, but you are always welcomed back. Ill assess it year-by-year, but, in saying that, I do see myself playing here for a few more years yet. You pull on the Territory colours and there is just something about it it makes you grow an arm and a leg sometimes. Running alongside Cammy (Ilett) and Roey (Jason Roe) and Kenny Tyrrell and those types you dont want to let them down, so you grow in stature. Motlop, who was part of the clubs leadership group, said the chance to play his 50th match played heavily in his decision as the Territory looks towards a third con secutive Northern Conference grand final appearance. It was one of the things I tossed and turned on when making the decision at the end of our premiership year about going on, he said. I was at a point where I was a bit over footy and needed some time away for my own wellbeing, but it was something that was in the back of my mind that I really wanted to achieve. To be able to play that 50th game, whether its this year or next, is something Ill really strive for and something that myself and my family would be pretty proud of. NT Thunder has also re-signed Gove utility Kevin Vearncombe, Katherines Will Kossack, Centralian Paul Campbell and youngster Joe Collinson.

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