BY JARRAD GARDNER
The Coburg Football Club would like to welcome Josh D’Intinosante to the club for the 2020 season.
Josh joins the club from the Northern Knights in the NAB League where he kicked 50 goals in 32 matches across two seasons.
The 177cm forward won the Knights best and fairest in 2018 ahead of now Coburg team mate Braedyn Gillard, while he finished second in 2019.
Speaking after signing his contract, D’Intinosante was excited to make the leap to VFL footy after missing out on the AFL Draft.
“Going through the NAB League, playing AFL was obviously a big goal, but if I wasn’t going to get there I wanted to play at the highest level possible.”
He highlighted the culture at the club as one of the key reasons he chose the Lions to continue his football journey.
“It was more the environment and the people, I just feel like Coburg is a club where everyone is treated as equal, whereas at other VFL clubs you’ve got AFL players coming back to play VFL every week.”
Senior Coach Andrew Sturgess was excited about D’Intinosante joining the club, adding depth to the small forward brigade.
“I think we were pretty strategic in terms of what we’re after in our recruiting and that was probably that maturity, those sort of 24-year olds and then the really top end talent coming out of the NAB League that were unlucky to miss out on the draft” he said.
“From a pure football sense, Josh is an extremely talented footballer and will add strength to our forward line and particularly our small forward brigade.”
“His ability to read the ball off the play, he’s a natural goal kicker and that’s something we need to do as a club is score more so we feel like bringing in someone that’s able to do that was really appealing to us.”
Sturgess highlighted Josh success at the Knight in multiple positions as one of the reason the clubs kept a keen eye on him.
“In his first year in the NAB League as a bottom-ager, Josh won the best and fairest at the Northern Knights, beating some pretty highly touted young kids who made their way onto AFL lists” he said.
“Then in his second year on the back of what recruiters said that they’d like to see him play more as a small forward he was able do exactly that, kick lots of goals and finish second in the best and fairest.”
Described as a pressure king at the Northern Knights, D’Intinosante likens his game style to a star Sydney small forward.
“I’m a small forward who will run through the middle if I can. I love the physicality of the game, I like hitting people and tackling,” he said.
“I’m pretty determined as well so I try to base my game around someone like Tom Papley, I really like the way he plays.”
As with many of the club’s signing throughout the offseason, Sturgess highlight Josh’s personality as a key reason for recruiting him.
“From a personal perspective, we know Josh’s family really well, he come’s from a really good family, he’s a very humble person who just wants to get better and I think that fits in really well to what our club is about.”