NORTH Albury speedster Ben Fulford will play for Canberra Demons next season.
After weighing up his VFL and NEAFL options, the small forward chose to reunite with his former Queanbeyan mentor Kade Klemke.
He’s a guy who can put forward pressure on and kick two or three goals a game- Kade Klemke
Klemke recently switched from Queanbeyan to Canberra on a two-year deal and is believed to have several Ovens and Murray players on his radar.
Klemke said Fulford was a player the club identified in its bid to improve on last season’s three wins.
“He brings speed,” Klemke said.
“He’s a guy who can put forward pressure on and kick two or three goals a game.
“Hopefully he can put in a big pre-season which he hasn’t previously done due to other commitments and really put some consistency together.
“He’s a very good player when up and running.”
Fulford, who played in defence for Klemke when Queanbeyan won the 2015 premiership, travelled from Canberra to North Albury each weekend this year with the dangerous forward clocking up more than 12,000 kilometres.
He kicked 33 goals in 18 matches for the Hoppers including four against top sides Albury and Yarrawonga.
Fulford’s departure comes only weeks after midfielders Dom Brew and Shaun Mannagh committed to VFL clubs.
North Albury is in desperate need of top-liners with Ricky Whitehead (Wodonga) and Simon Mitchelhill (Melbourne) having also left Bunton Park.
Murray Magpie Jesse Johnston is the only arrival with the Hoppers waiting to hear from several recruits.