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Nathan Colenso kicks goals and joins Brisbane Lions

Nathan Colenso used to kick goals for the Park Ridge Pirates. Now he’s kicking his goal of playing professional football, being the newest recruit for the Brisbane Lions Football Club

The 20 year old attended Park Ridge State High and played for the Pirates from the age of nine before moving clubs in 2019 to the Morningside Panthers who are the top of the league in Queensland. 

Nathan says he only found out he was selected for the Lions a couple weeks ago and it still feels incredibly surreal. 

“I’m pretty stoked and still coming to terms with it all,” Nathan said. 

“I found out a couple weeks ago from one of the blokes in a developmental role at the Brisbane Lions.

“He asked if I wanted to come in for an interview, then one thing led to another.”

After spending more than half his life playing AFL he says it feels great to have an opportunity to turn the sport he loves into a career and he can’t wait to give it all he’s got. 

“I’m pretty proud of myself but I also know that the hard work starts right now and I’ve got to make the most of the opportunity,” Nathan said. 

“It brings out the competitive edge in me, I’m a pretty competitive person and I love winning.”

Nathan says he couldn’t have done it without the support of his team, club and family and friends. 

“My parents have been a massive part of my footy life, getting me to games and stuff like that but also encouraging me and always supporting me,” Nathan said. 

Nathan with his father Pirates President Andy Colenso
Andy Colenso pictured middle with son Nathan to his right

Nathan’s Father who also happens to be the President of the Park Ridge Pirates, Andy Colenso, says he is extremely proud of his son’s accomplishment and has full confidence he will succeed. 

“As a father you are always proud of your kids no matter what they achieve and no doubt we are excited as parents at the opportunity he has been given, but at the same time he has worked extremely hard to get to where he is and deserves all the credit,” Andy said. 

“I am grateful he has been given an opportunity to play at VFL Level with a great club and in his home state, and now he has to put his head down and try and make the next step to making his AFL dream a reality.

“The thing with Nathan though is that every level or step he has taken with his footy he has met the challenge head on and succeeded, so I am excited to see if he can continue that development at this level.”

Andy says as president of a footy club he is always trying to help the kids play at the highest level they can, so it’s great to see one of their former players realise their potential. 

“The Club is all behind Nathan and he still has heaps of mates at the club he played with both at junior and senior level,” Andy said.  

“He always gets back to the club when he can as this will always be his home.

“Because of his attitude towards his old club he is well respected by everyone here, because he still cares about what is going on.”

Andy says he has fond memories from coaching Nathan at the Pirates that they will treasure as father and son, and recalls his son always having high ambitions.

“I still remember when he first started and he hated losing as he was very competitive,” Andy said. 

“But he has made some great friends from playing AFL here and these people will be involved in his life for many years to come,” Andy said. 

Nathan is set to start training with the Lions by the new year and we look forward to seeing him smash it on the field. Go get ’em Tiger! (Or should I say Lion).