Matt Conroy

Former Gold Coast Sun Matt Conroy is the latest player to join the Sharks.

The 199cm, 22-year-old, forward/ruck from North Queensland said he is very excited to be joining the Sharks.

“Obviously it is disappointing not to be on an AFL list anymore, but that is just the way it is. I am here to put my best foot forward and rip in. I’m very happy to be here.”

“The Sharks is a well-established club, and there is a lot of talent here. The boys here are super welcoming, so I’m looking forward to being a part of it.”

Conroy is a latecomer to the game, originally a rugby league player before injuries took their toll.

Part of the Sun’s Academy, Conroy moved from North Queensland to the Gold Coast to pursue his football and was on the Gold Coast Suns AFL List for three years.

At the Suns, he built a friendship with Brayden Crossley, and he is looking forward to playing with him again.

“He is a very good player, and I am very glad to be on the same team as him again,” he said.

Off the field, Conroy will be working with Crossley at Being Mentors which is a support provider for people with disabilities.

Southport Coach Steve Daniel said, “It is terrific to have Matt on board. He is a great addition to our forward/ruck cartel.”