Palmer buoyed by Blues move

Jesse Palmer

Jesse Palmer believes he has a lot to offer his new club in 2018. (PHOTO CREDIT: Northern Blues Football Club)

Existing and new relationships were central behind Jesse Palmer’s decision to join the Northern Blues.

Coming across from Port Adelaide, Palmer was announced as the Blues’ first summer acquisition of the 2018 pre-season.

Among a host of other reasons, Palmer said the way in which the Blues had welcomed him and assisted with his transition had convinced him to call Preston City Oval home next season.

“The Northern Blues have been really good to me, even at these early stages,” Palmer said.

“‘Frase’ has been in constant contact with me and the club is helping me out with the move from Adelaide, in terms of living, jobs and my university situation which has been great.

“Along with football, they’ve been really good in that facet away from the field. I’m excited to be here.”

After three senior games for Port Adelaide as well as over 50 in the SANFL for the Magpies, Palmer had been a priority in the Blues’ recruiting drive.

A now-former Northern Blue continued his outstanding work for the club, with the reigning Laurie Hill Trophy winner giving his former teammate Palmer even more incentive to join the Blues.

“I spoke with ‘Fridge’ (Cameron O’Shea) about it, and straight away he told me that this is a terrific club and a great opportunity for me,” Palmer said.

“I had really good support from him and I’m good mates with Cam Barrett, who pumped up the club and said everyone involved were really good people.

“It just added to the decision and made it that much easier.”

Despite just turning 21 in October, Palmer’s experience and quality at state league level is evident, including a Grand Final appearance for Port just three months ago.

Having spent time in both the forward and midfield lines in his time at the Power and Magpies, Palmer was hopeful of increased time in the middle at the Northern Blues.

“I’m looking for a bit more of a midfield role but I’ll definitely still be spending time in the forward line as well,” Palmer said.

“I’ve had a bit of experience in the SANFL so I know what state league footy is about, which hopefully holds me in good stead.”

As for his immediate goals?

Getting to know his new teammates, buy-into the club and get stuck into pre-season was the response from Palmer.

“I’m trying to put my best foot forward and help out my new teammates,” Palmer said.

“Under Josh Fraser, the club is on the way up so as long as I can assist with that I’ll be happy.

“I’m looking forward to the opportunity and can’t wait to get into it.”