Darryl White to play for Mt Gravatt.

AFL Queensland State League club Mt Gravatt has kicked their 2006 season off with the signing of former Brisbane Lions star Darryl White.

The 268-gamer and Indigenous Team of the Century member hung up his AFL boots after the Round 22 loss to St Kilda, White played his entire career with the Bears/Lions and brightened some dark days for the fledgling AFL side in Queensland.
White was one of the AFL's most exciting players to watch ever since debuting in the AFL in 1992 and the premierships that arrived in 2001, 2002 and 2003 were just rewards for the years of entertainment he has provided for Brisbane Lions fans.

A star junior player in Alice Springs, he won All-Australian Teal Cup (U17) selection following the 1990 carnival in Brisbane to catch the eye of Bears scouts. He played a handful of Bears Reserves games in 1991 under the club's Queensland/NT recruiting priority, and, after a quiet build-up, quickly became an automatic selection the following year.

Indeed, he was one of the AFL discoveries of 1992, and in a remarkable feat he led the Brownlow Medal after the first three games of his career, having twice picked up best a field ratings as a makeshift ruckman against Carlton and Fitzroy. He also kicked the 1992 AFL Goal of the Year against Fitzroy at Carrara in Round 3, 1992 - his very first AFL goal.

The move to Mt Gravatt will be a great boost to the State League competition as Darryl still has plenty to offer the football viewing public.
New Vultures coach David Lake was excited at the prospect of having a player with the obvious skills and profile of Darryl in the club, "His on field leadership and the teaching ability a man of his experience brings to the club will be priceless," Lake said, "especially for the young players."

He went on to say, "Darryl will start training with the team in early February after he clears all his commitments in the Northern Territory.


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