AFL the aim for Kinthari
By – Jackson Clark
Twitter – @JClark182
It was a simple message sent via Facebook to St Marys coach Rick Nolan, which set the wheels in motion for Francis Kinthari to join the reigning NTFL premiers.
The 22-year-old from Wadeye took the initiative to play for the Saints in a bid to improve his football.
“I just decided myself to come up and play for a great club in the St Marys Football Club.” Kinthari said on Mix 104.9’s Balls ‘n’ All.
It is a move that is paying dividends with the man known as “the flash” already notching up 34 goals in his seven games this season.
Kinthari says he tries to model his game on AFL player like Jeff Garlett and Charlie Cameron but wants to improve his ability to play through the midfield.
The silky-skilled forward said that he “absolutely” would love an opportunity to play in the AFL but wants to focus on making his mark in the NTFL first.
“It is my aim, but first I just want to focus on playing good football in Darwin.”
“You never know my dream might come true.”
Kinthari also shrugged off any notion that he would struggle with homesickness if he had to move interstate to further his football.
“Absolutely (I would be able to live down south), it is my aim to play in the AFL, so I’d like to get away from the community.”
“Education is very important to me, I’d go down to live in Melbourne and do more study down there.”