Malthouse backs Recruit winner to succeed with Lions
AFL: Already based in Brisbane, ruckman Matt Eagles was happy to be staying put after winning reality television show The Recruit.
The 26-year-old scaffolder plumped for the Lions, who were keen to add more support for Stef Martin, over Collingwood and the GWS.
"Their next few years will be massive,” the 199cm former Yeronga South Brisbane big man told SEN radio yesterday. "I think they're only going to go up from here. I want to be a part of that.”
He has been signed as a category B rookie, and will aim to enjoy more success than The Recruit's series one winner, Johann Wagner, who failed to play a senior game at Port Adelaide.
The Recruit coach Mick Malthouse said Eagles, a former South Australian, possessed "aggression and speed, and his marking ability is incredible - he has a great vertical leap”.
"He attacks the ball like a hardened midfielder player, (and) runs all day which gives him every chance to make it at AFL level,” Malthouse said.