The winner of the second season of the AFL’s version of Survivor, The Recruit, has accepted an offer from the Brisbane Lions to play Australian Rules football in Queensland.
Matt Eagles is now a Lion. The native of South Australia signed a contract on the live finale of the show to play as a category B rookie.
The Collingwood Magpies and the Greater Western Sydney Giants had both expressed interest in Eagles, which suggest other intriguing name combinations, such as Giant Eagles or Eagles Magpie, both of which, to our way of thinking are superior to Lion Eagles, but only by a small margin.
Daniel Cox and Jordan Treloar were the other finalists in the reality series that is officially sanctioned by the AFL. All 18 clubs vote for the winner in a 3 – 2 – 1 format similar to that used to award the Brownlow Medal.
At the signing ceremony at Australia’s largest casino, the Crown in Melbourne, the Lions, Magpies and Giants wooed Eagles as to why he should sign with them as opposed to another.
The appeal of the Lions apparently won out as Eagles was told he had the best opportunity to play senior AFL football sooner than he would with one of the other two teams. It probably did not hurt their cause that Eagles currently lives in Brisbane, or that at 26 years of age, he did not have much time to devote with developing at the junior level.