After over 100 international signings over the past year by the National Gridiron League, news is starting to filter through of some local signings to NGL franchises.
Stuart Lips signed to the Central Coast Cyclones
Over the weekend Adelaide born Stuart Lips, a defensive back who played college football at NCAA Division 1 school Marshall University, was picked up by the Central Coast Cyclones for the upcoming season.
Lips attended the recent NGL National Combine as a Wide Receiver, and with only 40 players per squad this season, his ability to play both sides of the ball could come in handy.
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Lips, now back in Australia as he sets up a sports apparel business was thrilled to get the opportunity to play professional football back on home turf.
It is an amazing opportunity and I am very excited to be a part of the inaugural season of the league and to be apart of the Cyclones
After having some time off after college football, Lips has kept himself ready for an opportunity like this one and is ready to go come training camp in August.
I’ve been training hard and working on all aspects with speed, agility, power, kicking, routes, catching and more so it’s going to be great getting back into the swing of things again in a team atmosphere and competitive environment.
Wollongong Devils get Gerard Laws
In further breaking news on local signings, Gerard Laws, the standout punter and kicker from the recent NGL National Combine has just announced he has been signed to the Wollongong Devils.
Absolutely stoked to announce I’ve officially signed with the Wollongong Devils of the National Gridiron League! Beyond excited and grateful to have the opportunity to play full-time professional American football so close to home.
Reporting on the NGL Combine in March, we noted the impression Laws seemed to make on the day with his accuracy as a kicker, and length as a punter.
— Adam #AussieFaithful (@AussieFaithful) April 24, 2016
Laws previously played as a kicker in the APFL for the California Sharks and is another product of the fantastic ProKick Australia factory of punters who has produced punters like current NFL players Tom Hackett and Jordan Berry.
More local signings coming
There have been plenty more offers made to local players that are in negotiation, which should see more signings announced in coming days as the Australian player quota continues to be filled.