By Ant Wingard
University of Queensland have ushered in the new year in style after capturing the signature of former Broadbeach skipper Nathan Quick for the 2019 QFA Division 1 HART Sport Cup season.
The 29-year-old Broadbeach junior will join the Red Lions ahead of the 2019 season; drawing a curtain on his 14-year tenure in the blue and white hoops.
His move north to the river city was fuelled by the opportunity to further his studies and is now able to commence his Masters in exercise physiology at St Lucia.
“It was pretty hard obviously because I have never played anywhere else other than Broadbeach,” Quick told aflq.com.au.
“I’m studying my masters for the next 18 months up there so the move was going to fit in a little bit better. It’s a decision for the future.”
Quick leaves Subaru Oval, shortly after leading the Cats’ to the Grand Final as one of the most decorated players in the clubs’ history.
University of Queensland AFC President Ben Coombs said Quick’s signature was a definite boost to the Red Lions’ defence.
“We are very excited to have a player of Nathan’s calibre on board.,” Coombs told aflq.com.au.
“He complements our young group really well and his leadership qualities will be very useful for us in driving high standards. What’s more, he’s the right sort of no-ego, no nonsense person we’re trying to attract to fit our culture.”
A life member of the Cats’, Quick played 166 senior games for the club at QAFL and NEAFL level after breaking into the team during the 2010 season.
He captained Broadbeach for the past three seasons, where he led the side to Preliminary and Grand Final births in consecutive years.
Among his other accolades, Quick twice earned honours in the QAFL Team of the Year and was a member of the QAFL representative team on three occasions.
Already, Quick looms as an important inclusion to the University of Queensland side. The Red Lions have failed to make finals since their inclusion in the QFA Division 1 competition in 2017.
Quick will join his new teammates next Monday, January 14, when the Red Lions’ preseason training recommences.
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