Rookie list for Queensland umpire

Queensland field umpire Kayne Nund has been elevated to the AFL Rookie list for 2014.

It’s been a rapid rise for the 27-year-old, who has been blowing the whistle for just two years.

“I began field umpiring with AFL Queensland in 2012,” said Kayne.

“The first game I umpired was a Division 2 reserves game. I remember getting a late call up from one of the community coaches to do the game as an umpire had pulled out.

“Throughout the year I progressed and was doing NEAFL reserves by the last few rounds of year, and I was also fortunate enough to do the Division 1 Under 18’s grand final.”

It’s been smooth sailing since then with Nund racking up 23 senior NEAFL games.

State Umpire Manager for Queensland, Gary Fila said that with Andrew Stephens now a fully listed umpire, the AFL wanted Queensland’s next best prospect to be brought on for the remainder of the season.

“Kayne’s performances this year have been very good, and combined with his dedication on the training track have earned him the opportunity to get a taste of the AFL system, which will no doubt aid his development.” said Fila.

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