Posted: 20 November, 2016
by Footy Newsroom
Gold Coast Trialling Former NBL Player
May sign as a category B rookie.
Gold Coast is trialling former NBL player Tom Howard, according to a News Corp report, and may sign him as a category B rookie.
Howard played three games for the Townsville Crocodiles across the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons, before the side pulled out of this year's NBL competition.
The 21-year-old is hoping to follow in the footsteps of stars such as Josh Jenkins and Dean Brogan, who made their names in the AFL after initially trying out in basketball.
He is also reversing the path taken by Craig Moller, who pursued an NBL career after being delisted by the Dockers.
"We found him through the AFLQ talent pathway," Gold Coast footy manager Marcus Ashcroft told The Courier Mail. "We've got guys up there attached to our academy who work closely with the AFLQ and they test a lot of these athletes from other sports.
"It's how we found Charlie Dixon and Zac Smith, who both came from other sports.
Ashcroft talked up Howard's capabilities.
"He's big, he's a good athlete and he's got good co-ordination and he is a competitor," he said. "The tools are there, so we've invited him down for a few weeks to see how he goes."